Continuous Prayer within the Garden
Then came Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and said unto the disciples, sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder. He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. Then said He unto them, my soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death; tarry ye here, and watch with me.
Prayer: Phase One
He went a little further, and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me, nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. He cometh unto the disciples, and finds them asleep, and says unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation, the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Prayer: Phase Two
He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done. He came and found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy.
Prayer: Phase Three
He left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words. Then cometh He to His disciples, and saith unto them, sleep on now, and take your rest; behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going; behold, he is at hand that doth betray me (Matthew 26:36-46) KJV
Question: Why did Yahshua need to pray three times within a small span of time?
Yahshua's hour of trial was before Him, prayer was vital and essentially vital to keep the weakness of His flesh in subjection to the "will" of His Father, namely, the One True and Living GOD, whose Name is YHVH. Yahshua had earlier told His disciples to "watch ye and pray, that ye enter not into temptation".
Question: Why worry about temptation/adversity/an experience of evil at such a time as mentioned within this passage of the Book of Matthew?
"The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak". Again weakness/strengthlessness/feebleness of the flesh is the answer, as to why we should continuously pray. Yahshua earnestly prayed, and the Words from his mouth was enough to knock the soldiers down (John 18:4-7). However, this was not the way, it was not written for Yahshua to fight against His captors, at His first arrival, on this earth. Yahshua came to this world to give His body as the ultimate righteous sacrifice, for the sins of mankind.
Yahshua gave us the REMEDY to ward off weakness of the flesh. If Yahshua had not been persistent and consistent in prayer, well I would not be here writing this message and neither would the people who are reading this message.
Question: Who is Yahshua?
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with GOD, and the Word was GOD. The same was in the beginning with GOD. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was life; and the life was the Light of men.
John 1:1-4 (KJV)
And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns; and He had a Name written, that no man knew, but He himself. And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood, and His Name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed Him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of His mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations: and He shall rule them with a rod of iron: and He treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on His vesture and on His thigh a Name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. Revelation 19:11-16 (KJV)
Read John chapter 1 and Revelation chapter 19
Watch and pray that ye enter not into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.