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Today I read Luke 22. I loved this chapter. There is so much encouragement! Here’s what I got from it. We can’t let our guards down! Evil existed even in Jesus’ day. Evil exists now. If evil could enter Judas back in that day … he could enter any of us today. So guard your heart! Constantly pray and ask God to fill you with his holy spirit.

Jesus is always before us so we have no reason to fear or to be afraid. When he prepares the way it will be certain, clear, yet not always typical. It isn’t always the way that we would expect. When he told the disciples what to look for in verse 10 he said, “When you enter the city, a MAN carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house he enters.” (Emphasis on Man mine.) Back in those days it was usually women that went to the well to bring back the water. So this would have definitely been obvious to the disciples. A man carrying water to and from the well? Would definitely stick out!

Jesus came to be a servant although he is our King. If we are to be following his footsteps we should also do the same. Let us look for ways to also be servants. How many opportunities do you have to serve others in his name? Don’t pass them up. Place yourself last and he will make you first. 

I love how Jesus prepares Peter. He knew that Peter would deny him three times. Jesus didn’t allow that to hinder him though. He still loved him and still had his best interests at heart. Jesus was aware that Satan had plans to crush him as well as Peter. What a compassionate God we have. Jesus assured Peter that although his faith would falter, it would not be destroyed. In fact Jesus would renew him and he would move on to become a powerful leader. How can we not see ourselves in Peter’s shoes? Sin is sin, on a daily basis all of us fall short. Yet Jesus is reassuring us here! Repent, be sorry, do what you can to change! But move on! Keep going! Repentance is what will alter your fate. 

In Verse 40 Jesus says to his disciples, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” Then he showed us how we should also pray. Jesus “knelt down and prayed, Father if you are willing, take this cup from me. Yet not my will, but yours be done.” Then an angel appeared to him to strengthen him. How often do you sincerely ask Father, deliver me from evil, keep me out of temptation? It should be on a daily basis. He encouraged the disciples to do so because he knew what was up ahead. If you don’t know what the rest of today holds; you cannot predict tomorrow. Shouldn’t that be the ever more reason for us to pray, deliver me from evil? Only God knows what our future holds. Let us be prepared. A second time in verse 46 he says, “Why are you sleeping?” He told them again. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.” Prayer is more for us than it is for God. He is the Almighty, but prayer is a powerful tool that draws us nearer to him and evidently gives us the strength we need to avoid temptation.

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