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Lutz, FL 33548

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8209 N 19th St
Tampa, FL 33604

Iglesia Bautista Idlewild

Main Campus, Student Building, Hall 2

Forged in Prayer

Forged in Prayer


“When he had finished praying…. When Jesus said, ‘I am he,’ they drew back and fell to the ground…. Then Simon Peter…struck the high priest’s servant…. Jesus commanded Peter, ‘Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?’” (John 18:1a, 6, 10a, 11)

Jesus’ arrest in the olive grove before the cross revealed the character of God in one who spent time with the Father in prayer. As the betrayal by disciple Judas played out, and all the powers of darkness came against the Son of God, He was not caught off guard as He prayerfully assumed His role as the Messiah Savior. Verse 4 says that, Jesus knew “all that was going to happen to him.” He initiated the conversation leading to his arrest because He was prepared in prayer.

When the guards and officials sought Jesus of Nazareth, His response displayed that He was powerful. He spoke, “I am he,” and all stepped back and fell to the ground. Take a moment and ponder that. I wonder if they reluctantly stood up again, because it was Jesus who then again initiated the conversation leading to His arrest.

Having prayed, Jesus was also protective of the disciples vs. 8, prophetic vs. 9, peaceful vs. 11, and purposeful vs. 11.

How would Peter believe that any response on His part could be more effective than the soldiers falling to the ground when Jesus said, “I am he”? Perhaps Peter felt an obligation as spokesperson for the disciples. Perhaps he was truly defensive of Jesus. Perhaps he was angry at the soldiers and officials, or maybe disoriented from sleeping.

Peter had not spent time in prayer. He was fatigued (Luke 22:45), fearful (John 13:38), faithless (John 16:31-32), fleshly (Luke 22:49), fallen into temptation (Luke 22:40b), and forceful (John 18:10).

Apart from prayer, it would be easy to respond as Peter did in our own seasons of cultural shifting, global unrest, moral decline, government corruption and spiritual darkness.

Jesus called the disciples to join Him; to watch and pray (Matthew 26:41) to overcome temptation and weakness. Christ will be formed in you through prayer (Galatians 4:19). You will emerge from prayer with the mind of Christ, and your response will be His by the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 2:12-13, 16b).