Jesus’ temptation in the garden of Gethsemane pictures our own time of crushing in the prayer closet. While imminent separation from the Father crushed Jesus as he prayed, our need for union with the Father crushes us as we pray. The Christian life is in the prayer closet. Only in prayer do we receive revelation from God. We must then meditate on that revelation in prayer. Finally, we must walk in obedience to that revelation. If we don’t spend time with Jesus in prayer, temptation overcomes us. We lose our confidence in God and no longer walk in obedience to what He’s told us.
Do you find yourself going through waves of fervency, then deadness? The Lord’s command is, “‘Enter not into temptation!” Will you forever renounce all deadness, and ask Jesus for the grace to be diligent in prayer?