Luke 22:39-46

Joshua 7, Luke 22:39-46

Luke 22:39-46 (New International Version)

40 ‘Pray that you will not fall into temptation.’

Jesus tells the disciples to pray. They don’t pray. Shame on the disciples for not praying. More shame on them for not praying when they were directly told to pray. Instead, they fall into sleep.

A relentless temptation is to abandon God. This is what Eve did, in heeding the snake. This is what Adam did, in following Eve. This is what Judas did, in betraying Jesus. This is what Peter will do, in denying Jesus. This is what the disciples do now, in falling asleep.

While the disciples sleep, Jesus does the precise opposite of abandoning God: Jesus aligns himself exactly with the will of God the Father. He prays ‘Father … your will be done’ (Luke 22:42), just as he had taught the disciples earlier, ‘Our Father … your will be done’ (Matthew 6:10).

This is the final test for Jesus, coming near the end of his work, echoing the entrance examination at the beginning (Luke 4:1-13). In both times of testing the option was canvassed of him doing other than what God the Father wanted. Both times, Jesus rejected any alternative and aligned himself with the will of the Father.

This is the Christian way in a nutshell. To turn from temptation and to line up with the will of God. Our prayers should reflect this orientation. Lord, you have shown us how to pray; now help us to pray.