Our messiah needed to pray at the eve of his trial – can you then imagine how much more time we need to spend on our knees?
Count yourself blessed for every trial and temptation that comes your way.
“The potter is shaping you. Stay malleable.”
The Garden of Gethsemane is where Jesus prayed on the night of His betrayal and arrest (Mark 14:32-50). According to the record in Luke, Jesus’ despair in Gethsemane was so deep that He sweat drops of blood (Luke 44-22:43).
“Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to His disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and distressed.” (Matthew 37-26:36)
Sitting at the foot of the Mount of Olives, within the grounds of the Church of all Nations, the tranquil garden has magnificent ancient olive trees that are dated back to approximately 2,000 years ago, still producing olives today.
There is debate about the exact age of the olive trees and to whether this was the properly named spot where Jesus prayed. Without a doubt, the amazing trees are offshoots from the same ones that Jesus prayed next to.
Across the lane is a less-frequented grove, where arrangements can be made to spend a more private time of worship and contemplation.