Just One Hour
Monday, September 19, 2016

They went to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and Jesus said, “Sit here while I go and pray.”  He took Peter, James, and John with him, and he became deeply troubled and distressed.  He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death.  Stay here and keep watch with me.”

He went on a little farther and fell to the ground.  He prayed that, if it were possible, the awful hour awaiting him might pass him by.  “Abba, Father,” he cried out, “everything is possible for you.  Please take this cup of suffering away from me.  Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”

Then he returned and found the disciples asleep. He said to Peter, “Simon, are you asleep? Couldn't you watch with me even one hour?”

Our lives are so busy we often run ourselves to the point of exhaustion, and find little or no time to spend in God's presence or pray about important matters.  The disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane didn't realize that they were at the verge of the most critical hour in history.  If they had, might they not have been able to stay awake to pray with Jesus for just one hour?

We are presently at a crucial time in American history.  We face a presidential election in just a few weeks that could have monumental significance.  Here are just a few things that are at stake:

Would you be willing to pray for just an hour a day from now until the election?  When Jesus taught His disciples to pray, He said, “Our Father... May Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.”  We know that God loves righteousness and justice, and that He despises corruption.  Please pray that God's righteousness and justice will prevail in our country, that He will bring an end to corruption, bring judgment on the wicked, and that He will establish a righteous leader for our nation who will uphold the Constitution, protect our nation, and heal our economy.

We face a critical time in American history.  Will you not pray for just one hour?


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The natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him;
nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
— 1 Corinthians 2:14