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Jesus prayed, but His disciples fell asleep.

BibleGateway: Mark 14:32-42

ESV Text: Mark 14:32-42

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 4:0 and ends at about 5:25

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     32 And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray. 33 And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy; 34 And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch. 35 And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. 36 And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt. 37 And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldest not thou watch one hour? 38 Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak. 39 And again he went away, and prayed, and spake the same words. 40 And when he returned, he found them asleep again, (for their eyes were heavy,) neither wist they what to answer him. 41 And he cometh the third time, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: it is enough, the hour is come; behold, the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 42 Rise up, let us go; lo, he that betrayeth me is at hand.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 446:
Rise, my Soul, to Watch and Pray

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1. Rise, my soul, to watch and pray, 
From thy sleep awaken; 
Be not by the evil day 
Unawares o’ertaken. 
For the Foe, 
Well we know, 
Oft his harvest reapeth 
While the Christian sleepeth. 

2. Watch against the devil’s snares 
Lest asleep he find thee; 
For indeed no pains he spares 
To deceive and blind thee. 
Satan’s prey 
Oft are they 
Who secure are sleeping 
And no watch are keeping. 

3. Watch! Let not the wicked world 
With its pow’r defeat thee. 
Watch lest with her pomp unfurled 
She betray and cheat thee. 
Watch and see 
Lest there be 
Faithless friends to charm thee, 
Who but seek to harm thee. 

4. Watch against thyself, my soul, 
Lest with grace thou trifle; 
Let not self thy tho’ts control 
Nor God’s mercy stifle. 
Pride and sin 
Lurk within 
All thy hopes to scatter; 
Heed not when they flatter. 

5. But while watching, also pray 
To the Lord unceasing. 
He will free thee, be thy stay, 
Strength and faith increasing. 
O Lord, bless 
In distress 
And let nothing swerve me 
From the will to serve Thee. 

6. Therefore let us watch and pray, 
Knowing He will hear us 
As we see from day to day 
Dangers ever near us, 
And the end 
Doth impend– 
Our redemption neareth 
When the Lord appeareth.