Daily Dose – August 26

              Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane; and he said to his disciples, ‘Sit here while I go over there and pray.’ He took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and agitated. Then he said to them, ‘I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and stay awake with me.’ And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed, ‘My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not what I want but what you want.’ Then he came to the disciples and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, ‘So, could you not stay awake with me one hour? Stay awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.’ Again he went away for the second time and prayed, ‘My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.’ Again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. So leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words. Then he came to the disciples and said to them, ‘Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Get up, let us be going. See, my betrayer is at hand.’ -- Matthew 26:36-46 One of the stirring moments in Jesus’ life occurred in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus gathered there to spend the night with his disciples after they celebrated the Passover meal. Jesus prayed there asking God, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not what I want but what you want.” Jesus prayed this prayer three times as he agonized over his decision. He chose death on a cruel cross to win the world back to God. Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus in this Garden by faking friendship with the Lord. These events are so remarkable and dramatic that it is easy to overlook the courage Jesus displayed before he ever settled into a time of prayer. He asked Simon Peter, James and John to help him. Please stay awake and pray for me and with me, he asked. The humility in Christ is amazing. His request reminds me that the service coin has a flip side. Service is not always us being strong and doing a good turn for someone else. The spirit of service also knows how to ask and receive the helping hand of others. I’m not sure we can become very good at serving until we experience the joy and humility of being served in our time of need. So, let’s ask for help the next time we find ourselves in a tight spot. Allowing someone else to serve is an important step along the path of a Christian life. Dr. Don Martin