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Wake Up!

written by Asher Intrater
January 18, 2013

Twice we find the disciples falling asleep at a critical moment of prayer. The first time was on the Mount of Transfiguration. Yeshua took His three leading apostles up on the mountain to show them His glory and give them a glimpse of the coming kingdom of God. As He began to pray, His face and clothing were changed. He became glorified. Moses and Elijah appeared. And right at the crucial moment.

Luke 9:32 – But Peter and those with Him were heavy with sleep.

The second time was at the Garden of Gethsemane. Yeshua is about to be arrested, tortured, and crucified. He struggles with His own soul to make the decision to take upon Himself sin, suffering, Satan, death, hell, and the grave. He is distraught. He asks His friends and disciples to pray with Him for just one hour. The eternal destiny of mankind hangs in the balance. He needs support. And right at the crucial moment –

Matthew 26:43 – And He came and found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy.

[While typing this sentence, I dozed off at the keyboard.] We have a tendency to become dull, blurry, and weary at critical moments of prayer intercession, prophetic revelation, and spiritual warfare. Could there be any more sacred moment than the Mount of Transfiguration and the Garden of Gethsemane? Don’t you wish you could have been there? If you had been, you would have probably fallen asleep as well.

Yeshua tells us all to stay watchful and keep praying (Luke 18:1). He warns us not to be like foolish maidens who forget oil for their lamps (Matthew 25:5). Scriptures exhort us repeatedly to be awake and aware (Romans 13:11, I Corinthians 15:34, Ephesians 5:14, I Thessalonians 5:6, I Peter 4:7). Our flesh fights against us particularly at the moments when the Holy Spirit most wants to get our attention.

Asher serves as president of Tikkun Global family of ministries and congregations, dedicated to the dual restoration of Israel and the Church. He is founder of the Revive Israel five-fold ministry team, and oversees both Ahavat Yeshua and Tiferet Yeshua congregations in Israel.

He and his wife Betty share a passion for personal prayer and devotion, local evangelism and discipleship in Hebrew, and unity of the Body of believers worldwide.

Asher was raised in a conservative Jewish home and holds degrees from Harvard University, Baltimore Hebrew College and Messiah Biblical Institute. He has authored numerous books, tracts and articles.


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