Friday, 2 March 2012

Sorrow – Puts You to Sleep or Awakens You to Pray?


Luke 22:45 - When He rose up from prayer and had come to His disciples, He found them sleeping from sorrow.

Many a times, troublesome and painful events take place in our lives that makes us sorrowful. The disciples were confronted with a similar situation. Their Master Jesus would soon be taken away from them. Jesus already shared about God’s will for His future to his disciples during the Lord‘s supper. This made them sorrowful – sorrowful for plenty of reasons:

1. They had left everything – their houses and probably their family members too – to follow Jesus.
2. They were so intimate with Jesus for the last three and a half years.
3. They were filled with dismay as to how others would treat them or react to them after Jesus’ death.

True, disciples had plenty of reasons to be troubled. But at the same time, Jesus too was sorrowful. Although Jesus was certain that it was the Father’s will ad the very purpose He was sent to earth, the thought of crucifixion was hard to bear. This was evident from Jesus’ words to His Father in Luke 22:42, Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me…

During this time of sorrow, how did Jesus react and how did the disciples react?

Luke 22:41 says, ‘Jesus knelt down and prayer.’ On the contrary, Luke 22:45 records the disciples were sleeping from sorrow.

What do we do when we are troubled or sorrowful? Are we found praying like Jesus or sleeping like disciples?