So Much More: Creating Space for God (Lectio Divina and Scripture Meditation)

So Much More: Creating Space for God (Lectio Divina and Scripture Meditation)

Jodie Niznik

Discovering Strength Through Prayer | Guided Lent Scripture Meditation Luke 22:40-46

March 18, 2024   ●   19 min

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When Jesus faced his deepest need, he turned to God in prayer.

And in prayer, Jesus found strength.

Jesus also invited the disciples to pray because temptation was barreling toward them. Jesus knew the disciples would also be strengthened through prayer.

Unfortunately, they fell asleep. They didn’t understand the urgency of Jesus’s exhortation to pray.

Prayer can be hard for all of us. And yet, we know it is an essential practice that connects us to God.

As you listen to this meditation, you will be guided to reflect on how God is inviting you to pray and how it can help you stay strong in the face of your temptations.

This is our sixth Lent meditation. You can find out more about Lent, where it originated, and how Christians traditionally practice it through my free Lent Guide here.

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The passage meditated on in this episode is:

Luke 22:40–46, CSV

40 When he reached the place, he told them, “Pray that you may not fall into temptation.” 41 Then he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and began to pray, 42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me—nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.”

43 Then an angel from heaven appeared to him, strengthening him. 44 Being in anguish, he prayed more fervently, and his sweat became like drops of blood falling to the ground. 45 When he got up from prayer and came to the disciples, he found them sleeping, exhausted from their grief. 46 “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray, so that you won’t fall into temptation.”

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