This morning, one thought: The Garden was a lonely place.
Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to His disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and distressed. Then He said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death; remain here and keep watch with Me.”
And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.” And He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “So, you men could not keep watch with Me for one hour? Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
He went away again a second time and prayed, saying, “My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Your will be done.” Again He came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. And He left them again, and went away and prayed a third time, saying the same thing once more. Then He came to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Behold, the hour is at hand and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners. Get up, let us be going; behold, the one who betrays Me is at hand!”__Matthew 26:36-46 NASB
There were three with Jesus, yet He faced the decision to obey God __alone. So it is for us. The decision to obey is one on one. Between me (you) and God.
“A friend to your weakness is an enemy to your destiny.”__Dale C. Bronner
Only a fortunate few of us have other believers to stand with us urging us towards the cross. Our friends and family generally give us what they want__comfort and ease. As with Peter, James and John, they sought rest. But the Christian Walk is a walk towards the cross. And as with Jesus, we are called to deny our sensual nature and to prefer the will of God in every area of our lives.
When we know the loving nature of Our Father, we know that our choice to obey is not punishment but trust that God knows best.