Jesus Prays on the Mount of Olives

Luke 22:39-46 (NIV84)

“When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.” Luke 22:45-46 (NIV84)

Today’s Journey

In the Garden of Gethsemane today there are amazing olive trees. A study conducted by the National Research Council of Italy in 2012 found that several olive trees in the garden are amongst the oldest known to science. See Wikipedia Article. On my trip to Israel in 2018, I met the man whose family has cared for the garden for generations (See Picture). He told me that they had just harvested and pressed the olives from these trees.

Precious oil comes from the olive trees, but not without pressing. Watch this video that explains the process.

Replica of 1st Century Olive Press

Sometimes our prayer journey may involve some crushing. The result of this crushing though is pure oil. Many times, oil represents the Holy Spirit and people are anointed with oil. In fact, the word Christ means, the Anointed One. Christ followers are Christians, little anointed ones. That anointing means the person is chosen, has authority, and also is a sign of healing. You may go through some times when you are crushed, but the result is precious.

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:7–9.

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