And they went to a place called Gethsemane. And he said to his disciples, "Sit here while I pray." And he took with him Peter and James and John, and began to be greatly distressed and troubled. And he said to them, "My soul is very sorrowful, even to death. Remain here and watch." And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. And he said, "Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will." And he came and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter, "Simon, are you asleep? Could you not watch one hour? Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."—Mark 14:32-38
These are the last moments of Jesus' earthly freedom before being handed over to the governing officials. It was the beginning of the end of the human mission of Jesus. They had just finished eating supper, and now the weight of the world lay on Jesus' shoulders.
A cloud of final temptations overshadowed this moment. The betrayal of Judas was approaching as he was now missing from the group. Peter is headed into a foretold denial. An angry mob would soon approach to hunt him down. Disciples would soon scatter upon his arrest. And Jesus bore the weight of knowing all these burdens, including the anticipated physical suffering.
The only place to go would be to God in prayer—which is what Jesus does. He spends the next moments agonizing in prayer. He also gave Peter clear instructions on meeting with the next moments by emploring him to intercessory prayer, and then he modeled it for him. Yet Jesus returns to find them sleeping.
Fellas, we need brothers we can count on in life. Those who can correct us and call us on the carpet in moments we need it. Men who can see ahead of us and the approaching temptations that will befall us. These men are often there; we don't willingly listen to them or seek accountability and wisdom from them.
If you want to turn a corner in your life, then invite men to speak the truth to you. The truth you may need to hear that you may not want to hear. Invite it. Ask for it. Seek it out. Don't wait too long, or temptation may befall you.
DO THIS: Your Call To Act (C.T.A.) today is:
- Pray: for 5-minutes, that you will have the courage to invite accountability into your life.
- Invite: a man to hold you accountable regarding sin, discipline, or a challenge you are facing.
- Tell: us below what you are seeking accountability for.
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