What Jesus Did! 'The Usual Place' — Luke 22:39-46

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Jesus left the city (Jerusalem) and went to the Mount of Olives. His followers went with him. (Jesus went there often.) Jesus said to his followers, "Pray for strength against temptation." Then Jesus went about 50 steps away from them. He kneeled down and prayed, "Father, if it is what you want, then let me not have this cup {of suffering}. But do what you want, not what I want." Then an angel from heaven appeared. The angel was sent to help Jesus. Jesus was full of pain; he struggled hard in prayer. Sweat dripped from his face like he was bleeding. When Jesus finished praying, he went to his followers. They were asleep. (Their sadness had made them very tired.) Jesus said to them, "Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray for strength against temptation."
— Luke 22:39-46 NLT
Illustration of Luke 22:39-46 NLT — "Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray for strength against temptation."

Key Thought

Jesus warns his disciples again about the temptation that is about to engulf them. He does it in "the usual place." This was his place of prayer. Everything about this event is surrealistic, bizarre, and horrifying except one: this was his place of prayer. He had walked with God his entire ministry. Prayer had been his connecting link with his Father in heaven. It was the place where he re-centered his sense of ministry, where he gained strength, where he rejoiced, and where he spoke honestly of his own struggles. So now, at the crucial moment in his life, he is prepared to face this awful test. For Jesus, surrendering to God in prayer wasn't some last minute thing used to dodge this difficult trial. It was an extended conversation, a continuing walk with the Father to whom he has repeatedly submitted his will. Jesus could ask that the Father's will would be done because he had asked it so often before in "the usual place." Do you have a time carved out in your day where you surrender your will to the Father? Do you have "the usual place" where you offer your heart to God? It can be at your computer as you take time each day to draw close to the Father and offer him your heart. It can be in the quiet of the morning ... or the evening ... or even at noon. The important thing is that we have "the usual place" where we meet God and say, "Father ... I want your will, not mine." When we do, we can be sure he hears us, sends his angels to attend to us, and works in our lives to ultimately bring us to his glory.

Today's Prayer

Father, thank you for meeting me in "the usual place." I submit my will and my life to you, trusting in your gracious promises to me and your glorious future for me. Please give me the courage to follow where you lead me. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Hebrews 5:7
  • Hebrews 1:14
  • Philippians 2:5-11


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.