Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. 40 On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” 41 He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, 42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” 43 An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. 44 And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. 45 When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. 46 “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.”
What we see in Jesus’ life is regularity in his prayer.
[Regular prayer that we find in Jesus’ life] is not a matter of mood. To pray only when we feel like it is more to seek consolation than to risk conversion.
To pray only when it suits us is to want God on our terms.
To pray only when it is convenient is to make the God-life a very low priority in a list of better opportunities.
To pray only when it feels good is to court total emptiness when we most need to be filled.
Why do we need to ask God the same thing over and over again?
Have you ever considered the question of how is it that you’ve been able to persist in prayer?
“Luke 9:23New International Version (NIV)
23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.
“I realize my life is not wrapped up any longer in whether I get the thing that it is I’m praying about”