“Then, accompanied by the disciples, Jesus left the upstairs room and went as usual to the Mount of Olives. There he told them, “Pray that you will not give in to temptation.” — Luke 22:39-40 NLT
There is something to be noted about “as usual” here. Many times, we’re faced with tasks the enemy will try to make seem daunting. And quite frankly, they might be. Some of us end up only saying a prayer at the nick of time.
Not that 11th hour prayers aren’t as effective, but “as usual” makes me believe there is a reason one has to enabledly have a knowing about seemingly daunting tasks waaaayyyyy before carrying them out. The enemy is always about his business and if we aren’t careful to be ahead of him — by keeping in step with Holy Spirit —, we’d let him trick us into failing — at the nick of time — at carrying out our tasks.
Holy Spirit helps us sense tasks ahead so that just like Jesus did, we can pray — Fervently. Consistently. — and receive by trust, the enablement He gives us to carry them out. We see this foresight, fervency, consistency and trust with Elijah when he was led to declare there’d be no rain for over 3 years and pray it back into falling; even as it took 7 go-check-it-agains for his servant to see the evidence of rain as “a little cloud about the size of a man’s hand rising from the sea”. All for God’s glory to be seen and acknowledged.
“Now Elijah, who was from Tishbe in Gilead, told King Ahab, “As surely as the Lord, the God of Israel, lives—the God I serve—there will be no dew or rain during the next few years until I give the word!” — 1 Kings 17:1 NLT
“But Elijah climbed to the top of Mount Carmel and bowed low to the ground and prayed with his face between his knees. Then he said to his servant, “Go and look out toward the sea.” The servant went and looked, then returned to Elijah and said, “I didn’t see anything.” Seven times Elijah told him to go and look. Finally the seventh time, his servant told him, “I saw a little cloud about the size of a man’s hand rising from the sea.” — 18:42b-44a NLT
Jesus knew His task ahead of time and prayed continually. Asking His Father for the option of possibly taking suffering’s cup away from Him is indicative of why we ought to pray “as usual” with foresight, fervency and trust… so we can resist the enemy’s schemes. He very well could’ve yielded to His flesh and will. Thankfully, He didn’t. 😅🙏🏾💃🏾🙌🏾
“Then, accompanied by the disciples, Jesus left the upstairs room and went as usual to the Mount of Olives. There he told them, “Pray that you will not give in to temptation.” He walked away, about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” Then an angel from heaven appeared and strengthened him. He prayed more fervently, and he was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood.” — Luke 22:39-44 NLT
This brings me to a deeper understanding about having a table prepped for us in the enemy’s presence. It’s that drinking from suffering’s cup with foresight, fervent, consistent prayers and trust has an overflow of blessings attached to successfully carrying out the seemingly daunting tasks God lays in our hearts.
“You serve me a six-course dinner right in front of my enemies. You revive my drooping head; my cup brims with blessing.” — Psalm 23:5 MSG
So I’m praying for everyone carrying a burden God’s laid in their hearts. Everyone with a task and even those yet to sense what their tasks are. I’m thanking You Lord! Even as You give us strength and courage by Your Spirit, to yield to Your will no matter how daunting the cups we have to drink from might seem. I’m trusting by Your Spirit, that you’d enable us say fervent, consistent prayers that avail much. I’m trusting that You’d help us successfully carry out these tasks and thanking You as You cause our cups to run over with blessings — even in our enemy’s presence — for Your glory to be seen and acknowledged in all the earth!
“Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray.” The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three and a half years! Then, when he prayed again, the sky sent down rain and the earth began to yield its crops.” — James 5:13a, 16b-18 NLT
It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.