“Jesus ….said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go and pray over there.” And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed” (Mathew 26:36, 37).
I would like to take you to the Garden of Gethsemane. There is a valley of the river by name Kidron in the east of Jerusalem. On the other side, the Mt. Olives stands opposite to Jerusalem. Jesus chose the Garden of Gethsemane located in Mt. Olives as His place of prayer.
Many Hindus keep an exclusive room or a space for their puja purposes. Most of the Muslims also go for a separate room at the time of construction of their house for namaz reading. But most of the Christian homes do not have an exclusive room or space for praying. Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but Jesus had no own premises. Since He had no space to lay His head He often climbed the Mt. Olives and prayed there staying in nights.
He went to the Mount of Olives, as He was accustomed (Luke 22:39). And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day and stood up to read (Luke 4:16). As He was accustomed, He taught them again. (Mark 10:1). Similarly, he made his prayer time to as His custom. Dear children of God, let the following things become your customary habit – praying in the morning, Scripture reading, attending to Church and Ministry involvement.
Jephthah spoke all his words before the Lord in Mizpah (Judges 11:11). That was his place of prayer. When Hannah was barren, she went to the church and poured out her heart. (I Samuel 1:15). That was her place of prayer. Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall and prayed to the Lord (Isaiah 38:2). That was his place of prayer. He went home and in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day and prayed. (Daniel 6:10). That was his place of prayer.
Many people have named their home as ‘Gethsemane.’ Some have dedicated their home as a prayer house and conduct prayer meetings in it every week. Like that, the word ‘Gethsemane’ means ‘God-chosen venue of prayer’ or ‘a place where the heart is poured in prayer’. When Jesus Christ went to Gethsemane He was in agony and He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground (Luke 22:44). An angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him. Our Jesus was left alone by the disciples and He fervently prayed resisting all the powers of the darkness; and fought. He fought and prevailed over all the principalities and powers.
Dear children of God, when you pray, may the place where you pray turn into Gethsemane. Pray earnestly and win over the tests. Only those who pray will be victorious.
To meditate: “In the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death” (Hebrews 5:7).