Go over there and pray

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“…’Sit here while I go and pray over there.'” (Matthew 26:36, NKJV)   

This short phrase from the Bible has great meaning! One day, I’d come home completely exhausted, drained from having to fight battles on many different levels. I remember writing to my friend, “I am so exhausted that I can’t function anymore.” Whenever anyone asked me, “How are you?,” I started crying. Yes, I have those moments, just as I’m sure you do, too. 

Unfortunately, I made a rookie mistake that day. I was so exhausted that I just crawled into bed and watched a movie. My Bible and beloved devotional book stayed closed. I was just too tired. 

However, it was because of this difficult day that the meaning of Matthew 26:36 later became much clearer to me. Don’t you think, that Jesus, knowing He was about to die, was also bone-tired as He walked into Gethsemane? Don’t you think He was tired of the arguments, tired of this battle He fought for us, tired of people simply not wanting to understand who He really was? 

But He went “over there” by Himself—beyond His disappointment, beyond His exhaustion, beyond His pain—and prayed!

His choice touches and speaks to me. Scripture says Jesus “…began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed.” (Matthew 26:37, NKJV) Yet He went “over there” to pray.

That day, I’d missed going “over there” and thus experiencing God’s help in that moment. When I read retrospectively that day’s entry in my devotional book, I was amazed, for there indeed was the encouragement I had so desperately needed the day before.

I encourage you today—go “over there” and pray, and you, too, will experience God’s help!

You are a miracle!

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11 Comments

  1. Sylvia+skinner on 12/09/2022 at 11:17 AM

    Thank you 😊 💓

  2. Terri on 12/09/2022 at 12:16 PM

    THE POWER OF PRAYER! Amazing!
    Thank you Heavenly Father for this great privilege! We can come to you anytime, any place, no matter what!! Amen🙏🏻
    Thanks Deborah. God bless.🙏🏻🙏🏻❤️

  3. William on 12/09/2022 at 1:57 PM

    AMEN thank you lord 🙏

  4. Katie+Pena. on 12/09/2022 at 2:02 PM

    Amen Thank you Jesus

  5. Zandile on 12/09/2022 at 2:31 PM

    Amen.

  6. Lucius on 12/09/2022 at 3:22 PM

    Thank you for this reading of God’s word and his guidance. I’ve been trying to to get back on the path that God’s plan for me from before the day I was born. Don’t get me wrong it’s been a long journey but I’ve never been alone even though I’ve felt like I was and didn’t realize the he was carrying me and walking with me the whole time. I’m beyond word’s to describe how grateful I am for God’s Grace and his love 💗 to keep me on track. Thanks for the reminder to always, no matter what or how bad I feel to “go over there and pray “. Praise be to God.

    Have a week. 🙏🤗🙏

  7. Bre on 12/09/2022 at 3:46 PM

    Amen! Thank you so much! ❣️

    • Crystal on 14/09/2022 at 6:26 PM

      The most amazing thing happened yesterday. I checked my mail. On top was a package I forgot I was expecting. Buried in junk mail was a letter delivering bad news and leading to lots of questions. Instantly, I remembered what the package must be a new devotional plan I was gifted. Then I remembered this message. Things started to feel right. I made sure to go over there and pray, full of hope I dove into the plan, and just like that the answers have started pouring out.

      Deborah, I hope you see this because I may not have responded this way if it weren’t for you. The situation I’m in is deep and I struggle. I will be forever grateful that this turned out to be a part of God’s plan for me. An answer before I knew I had a prayer. What a miracle! Thank you for being His servant and delivering the good word. God bless!

  8. Harold L. Levingston on 12/09/2022 at 11:16 PM

    Thank you very much, and God Bless you!

  9. Veronica Jones on 13/09/2022 at 2:24 AM

    Go over there and Pray. Thank you for the remainder.

  10. Yvonne Wallace-Bruce on 13/09/2022 at 3:24 PM

    Thank you for the gentle but powerful reminder, “Go over there and Pray”!
    Blessings 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙏

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