Jesus had a place of prayer in Gethsemane. He had often sought rest there in communion with his heavenly Father, and often he had wrestled there in prayer.

Jesus had also taken his disciples along to this place of prayer. Deep words of life had been spoken there. There too, he had taught them the wisdom of heaven.

But the enemy broke into this prayer sanctuary. He knew where he would find Jesus. The holy stillness was to be disturbed by the alarm of the world.

The devil always uses this method of procedure. He disturbs the peace of the prayer room. He knows that if he can disturb you there, he has conquered you.

It is easy to catch sleeping disciples off guard. Terror-stricken, they grab carnal weapons when they are surprised. But carnal weapons will not suffice in Gethsemane.

Jesus was not surprised. He met his opponents with courage. He stood triumphant because he had come out of the place of prayer where he had already won the victory.

Hans Edvard Wisløff (1902—1969) was a Norwegian theologian and writer. He was also the Bishop of the Diocese of Sør-Hålogaland from 1959 until his death in 1969.

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