Christ has told His disciples, despite their protestations, that they will all abandon Him. Now He urges them to pray that they may not fall into temptation. From this account, we learn from:

1) The failure of the disciples to watch and pray - not because they didn’t love Christ or (through the Spirit’s working in them) desire to do what was right but because of the sin in them warring against the spirit so that they did not do what they wanted.

2) The success of Christ in His intercession both for Himself and His disciples.

We learn from this that even though we know we will fall into sin and failure from time to time, we must keep on praying not to be led into temptation. We are also comforted that Christ still intercedes for us and will lose none of those for whom He died.

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Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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