“When he had finished praying, Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley. On the other side there was a garden, and he and his disciples went into it." John 18:1
Jesus, in the moments before His capture, prioritized prayer.
Have you ever seen an excellent performance, a fantastic feat, or flawless routine? When a habit is repeated with priority, it becomes an act of excellence. A man who can do something with excellence is a man who knows how to prepare. As we've seen in the life of Jesus, He is intentional about every moment spent, and every prayer prayed. A college professor of mine once said, "Practice does not make perfect, it makes permanent." Being a disciple of Jesus Christ means being a man who follows His lead.
Jesus knew what was about to happen and did not let the unfolding events derail his commitment to a conversation with the Father. Easily overlooked as a side note; John tells us something compelling about Jesus as He faced betrayal and capture. He finished praying. Jesus practiced prayer so regularly; it was a permanent fixture in His heart. He had to finish praying as He was driven to this best practice. Facing His last days with resolute determination and flawless action was no accident. Jesus prioritized prayer.
DO THIS TODAY: Schedule time today to pray.