As Was His Custom
College football fans have their game day routines. Most begin with ESPN’s College Game Day to get the details on the upcoming game and the expert predictions. They put on their university’s T-shirt or Hoodie with appropriate logo, and give their “Roll Tide,” “Hook ’em Horns,” or “Gig ’em Aggies” greeting on entering any restaurant or store before the game. If it’s an away game, there’s the right chair in the Big Screen room, the right group of friends, and chips and salsa or other tradition-determined snack food, and then it’s settling in for a concentrated three hours observing, analyzing, and critiquing every second. It all culminates in the thrill of victory or the agony of defeat.
Devout NCAA football fans have their predictable routines. Do I as a devout follower of Jesus have a predictable routine when it comes to prayer? Jesus did-- a routine so predictable that Judas, His betrayer, knew exactly where to find Him.
“And going out Jesus went as was His custom to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed Him. When He came to the place, He said to them, ‘Pray not to enter into temptation.’” Luke 22:39-40
Peter is not going to obey Jesus’ command to pray, and the Story will unfold how he falls to temptation and does deny Jesus three times. The Lord wants me to learn from this example: stay awake, and have a regular personal routine where I cry out like He did to the Father. This is the only way I will be able to stand when temptation comes.
LORD, early in the morning on our back porch in an Adirondack Chair is an awesome way to begin the day. Help me to be disciplined, honest, open, and persistent in talking to You. Help me learn from the disciples’ example in this episode and stay awake when I need to be praying.
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