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Last blog, we looked at an instance of Jesus falling asleep in “a controversial circumstance.”  The disciples had a controversial instance of falling asleep at what seemed like an inappropriate time — only in their case, it was in the middle of the night.  I could be tempted to look at what happened and say, “Can you blame them?” . . .

The whole thing is recorded in Matthew 26:20-47. They’d all had a long day. And, in fairness to them, they really did have no idea the kind of events that were about to transpire. Jesus told them that someone in the group was going to betray Him — and they all insisted that they’d never do such a thing; Peter was particularly adamant about it. As if to add foreshadowing or further warning, at least one of the parables Jesus had told earlier in the day featured a bridal party that had trouble staying awake when the bride and groom needed them (Matthew 25:5).  No matter.  The disciples — even Peter, James, and John given added honor by Jesus selecting them to keep watch and pray with Him — just couldn’t stay awake.

Jesus was both agitated and hurt by this it seems. “You couldn’t stick with Me and pray for Me and with Me for even an hour?” he asks plaintively? . . .

I can relate to the disciples truthfully.  There is a time to be vigilant. And sometimes it comes at an inconvenient time; or when I’m just too danged tired. I can wonder if I could hear Jesus’ voice, “Can’t you suck it up and do it for an hour?” . . .

I also recognize that vacation time may be a time not to take a break from praying — but a time to catch up with Jesus, and catch up on some praying, eh?

Alright, over and out.  If you want to pray for my refreshment while I’m on vacation, I’ll take it.  I’m looking forward to some quality time walking the beach with Jesus.  With my wife, too.  


Todd Mangum is the Academic Dean and Professor of Theology at Biblical.  He is ordained by the Southern Baptist Convention.  Todd is the author of The Dispensational-Covenantal Rift, and of several articles seeking to bridge divides among Bible-believing Christians. He is married to Linda and they have three sons.  See also http://www.biblical.edu/index.php/todd-mangum.

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