Holy Tuesday : Jesus Prays on The Mount of Olives
|Christ on the Mount of Olives by Giovanni photographed by Anne Chee courtesy Wikimedia|
This morning when I woke up the first thing that came to mind was the laundry, the meal that I would cook, my visa, and my work. Praying was not the first thing I had to do but at the back of my mind, I wanted to think of what I should do this Holy Tuesday but I had to brush it off because of the worldly tasks that I needed to accomplish. Indeed, God had His way of speaking to us, I could not start doing my chores then I found myself reading God's word and now sharing my reflections this Holy Tuesday with you.
JESUS PRAYED ON THE MOUNT OF OLIVES
" 39 Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. 40 On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” 41 He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, 42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” 43 An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him.44 And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground." Luke 22:39-44
I asked myself, " How do I pray?" , " Do I really pray to glorify God,to ask for strength, faith and deliverance?
Yes and NO.
YES. I ask God to pardon me from my sins, for giving in to temptations and not doing what is pleasing to Him most of the time. How easy it is to me to displease God and do what pleases me on a whim .
NO. When I pray I ask God to give me this and that. I ask for worldly things. I order God instead of losing myself to Him and allowing the Holy Spirit to orchestrate in my life.
That is why it is easy to fall into sin and betray God when things do not turn the way I wanted it to be.
"The Spirit is Willing but the flesh is weak". This Holy Tuesday this is my prayer.
Psalm 31 ( A Psalm of David)
O Lord, I have come to you for protection;don’t let me be disgraced.
Save me, for you do what is right.2
Turn your ear to listen to me;
rescue me quickly.
Be my rock of protection,
a fortress where I will be safe.3
You are my rock and my fortress.
For the honor of your name, lead me out of this danger.4
Pull me from the trap my enemies set for me,
for I find protection in you alone.5
I entrust my spirit into your hand.
Rescue me, Lord, for you are a faithful God.