標 題： 與神稍往前走
經 節： 祂就稍往前走，俯伏在地，禱告說：「倘若可行，便叫那時候過去。」（馬可福音十四章35節）
Farther with God
went a little farther, and fell on the ground, and prayed. (Mark 14:35)
Some Christians are satisfied to have only
a surface relationship with Christ. Others desire to share the holiest moments
with Him. On the night Jesus spent in sacred prayer in the Garden of
Gethsemane, the people responded to Him in various ways. There were those who
were so indifferent to Jesus that they were unaware He was even in the garden.
Then there was Judas, who knew where Jesus was but was too busy with his own
schemes to join Him. The rest of the disciples joined Jesus in the garden, but
they were distracted by sleep. Jesus told them the urgency of the hour, but
they did not comprehend it. There was the inner circle of disciples, Peter,
James, and John. They initially prayed with Jesus, yet even they could not
grasp the significance of the moment. Ultimately, Jesus prayed alone. He went
farther than His disciples and prayed longer. At the greatest moment of
intercession in human history, there was no one willing to go with Jesus and
watch with Him.
Throughout history God has looked for
those willing to yield everything to Him and His desire to redeem a world. At
times God has marveled that no one was willing to go with Him (Isa. 63:5;
59:16). The prophets seemed to grasp more than the common people, for while
society carried on as though nothing were wrong the prophets agonized and wept
over what they knew God was preparing to do.
God is calling you to go deeper in your
prayer life with Him. If you are willing to be the person Jesus can take with
Him into the most sacred moments, you will experience things only the angels
shared with Jesus in the garden that night.