Too Deep For Words

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Crater Lake, the deepest lake in the U.S.

Thinking about this passage today:

Then he returned to the disciples and found them asleep. He said to Peter, “Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour? Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!”

Then Jesus left them a second time and prayed, “My Father! If this cup cannot be taken away unless I drink it, your will be done.” When he returned to them again, he found them sleeping, for they couldn’t keep their eyes open.

So he went to pray a third time, saying the same things again. Then he came to the disciples and said, “Go ahead and sleep. Have your rest. But look—the time has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Up, let’s be going. Look, my betrayer is here!”  – Matthew 26:40

The devotional I read today talked about these verses. I mean, the disciples couldn’t stay awake for one hour?! I always thought this snippet of the story made them sound like huge wusses. Or perhaps they fell into a carb coma. But maybe, just maybe, they were prayed out. No more words to say or scriptures to claim. Nothing else to ask for or hope for. Couldn’t examine the situation from any other angle. They were simply done. They surrendered to “come what may”.

The writer suggested that this is where the Holy Spirit stepped in and prayed with “groans too deep for words” (Romans 8:26). Perhaps, while they slept, their spirits prayed on. They waited for the inevitable yet dreaded the outcome.

I appreciate this gracious interpretation. It’s okay to have no more words. It’s alright to wait on God. We can receive His peace. We can trust Him when He’s made up His mind. In fact, it just might be the ticket to getting on with things.

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