Luke 22:39-44 Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.
This is football at its finest! Following Augustana University’s win to advance them to the playoffs the entire team took time to pray together. These young men were celebrating their narrow one point win over Winona State with their fans and families, but when coach called, they all met in the end-zone, took a knee and prayed.
Jesus knew the importance of prayer. He gave us wonderful examples of what prayer life should look like. Jesus’ prayer life was not a passive act of praying in the pews. Instead, Jesus prayed to the point of sweat droplets hitting the ground.
In today’s world, instead of taking punches at teammates or politicians, let’s use our energy to pray. Take a knee this week as you spend time talking to Jesus. Thank him for his wonderful examples of prayer.