“And said unto them, why sleep you? Rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.” (Luke 22:46)
Luke was a physician, and he writes with the compassion and warmth of a family doctor as he carefully documents the perfect humanity of the Son of man, Jesus Christ. Luke emphasizes Jesus’ ancestry, birth and early life before moving carefully and chronologically through His earthly ministry. Growing belief and growing opposition develop side by side. Those who believe are challenged to count the cost of discipleship. Those who oppose will not be satisfied until the Son of Man hangs lifeless on a cross. But the resurrection insures that His purpose will be fulfilled: to seek and to save that which was lost. (19:10)
Luke was not an eyewitness of the events written in his gospel, but he relied on the testimony of eyewitnesses and written sources (1:1-4), as well as inspiration from the Spirit of God. He carefully investigated and arranged his material and presented it to Theophilus.
The humanity and compassion of Jesus are repeatedly stressed in Luke’s gospel. Luke gives the most complete account of Christ’s ancestry, birth, and development. Jesus identified with the sorrow and plight of sinful men in order to carry our sorrows and offer us the priceless gift of salvation. He wanted to strengthen the faith of gentile believers and stimulate saving faith among non-believers. He also wanted to show that Christ was not only divine but also human.
When the religious leaders accused of being demonized, Jesus prounounced a series of divine woes upon them. Before He was crucified Jesus went out to the Mount of Olives and his disciples followed him. He told them that they should pray that they would not fall into temptation. He then withdrew from them a little way and kneeled down and prayed. When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, He found them asleep. He advised them to rise up and pray so that they would not fall into temptation.
We are also encouraged to pray, to take our burdens to the Lord. In Psalm 55:22, David said, “Cast your burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” We also remember the words of Peter to Jesus when the Lord asked if he would go away as others did. And Peter replied, “To whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life.” (John 6:68) We could also give the same answer.
The words Jesus said to his disciples,
Could also be said to us today,
For when He found them sleeping on the job,
He advised them to “Rise up and pray.”
May we do as He suggested,
When we fail to do,
The work He has called us to do,
As His mission we pursue.
Dear Father, Please help us to be faithful to you. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.