The verse below is probably not a new one for most people. Having said that, you can read the same verse a million times and God can speak something different to you each time; the Bible is kind of great like that! So, keep an open mind as you read this verse and think about how it can apply to the University Group:
Jesus 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. At last he stood up again and returned to the disciples, only to find them asleep, exhausted from grief. “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation.” – Luke 22: 41 -46
Again, the verse is one that has been preached about so many times in church but let us think outside of the box. The verse contains Jesus and some of the disciples. Jesus was in such agony that he went and prayed. It was during that prayer that his strength was renewed and that strength only pushed him further as he prayed even harder than before. He prayed because He knew what was coming – an uphill battle that was necessary to obtain the victory.
Now, his disciples were only a stone’s throw away from him. In other words, pretty close to him. And they were exhausted by grief to the point that they fell asleep. For those of you who may not know, grief can mean great sorrow, yes, but it can also mean trouble or annoyance. The disciples were so troubled and annoyed that they just fell asleep. A lot of youth do the same thing without even realizing it.
So many youth want to go after a career change or want a better job or want to go into college but they get stuck on how hard it is and how much trouble it is and they get annoyed by the process that they just give up – they fall asleep just like those disciples did. They can be in church and they can be “in the faith” but rather than get on their knees when times get tough to get strengthened by the Holy Spirit as Jesus did, they give up.