This is a word of direction to the body of Christ: a word intended to provide the power necessary to successfully navigate the coming move of God.
Listen carefully, for within this word you will find what you will need to be right in the middle of what God is about to do.
Matthew chapter 26 tells us the story of Jesus’ words to His disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane. If you want to follow along in the Bible, begin at verse 31.
Let’s take this story piece by piece and examine what the Holy Spirit is saying.
The story begins with Jesus giving a word of prophecy to His disciples. This is what I hear Him saying to them:
Jesus is saying, “A new season is beginning… Intensity is coming before dawn. Things are about to ramp up to a level that they have not been before now. The transfer of anointing has begun. It starts with crushing. Wells are being dug down before they are filled. There will be a time of terror during the digging of the wells, but when this time is over, you will find that I have gone ahead of you into Galilee.” (the circle: completed all that is left undone)!
It is interesting to note that the name “Galilee” means “circle” or “circuit”. Now, if you put this together, this is what I not only hear the Lord saying then, but to us now: Read it again and let the message speak to you.
God is speaking to them an amazing word; a powerful word. Now, it is very important to see how the disciples responded.
First, we must notice again what type of people these disciples were. These are not your “Sunday Christians”: people who are followers of Christ in name only.
These are followers whose lives include the following:
They walk with Christ daily. They listen to His word daily. They participate in His ministry daily. Do you get the picture?
These are people who have given up their lives to follow the plan of Jesus Christ. They are the definition of a true disciple.
But, they are deceived.
Jesus has prophesied His word to them plainly. Jesus has told them where they are in relation to Him, yet they have a different evaluation of their spiritual state, ability, and strength.
If God knows all and always speaks truth, then they are deceived and despite following Him daily, despite listening daily to His word and despite daily participation is ministry, they are unprepared for what is coming and don’t even know it!
Jesus said to Peter, “I tell you the truth, this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.”
Peter responds, “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.”
How can the two have such a different evaluation? What factors are not in place in the disciples that Jesus’ knows will cause them to fail in the hours ahead?
Jesus leads the disciples along a very familiar path; one they have walked many times before. This pathway leads them to a garden that they often visit. The garden is called Gethsemane.
Do you know what Gethsemane means? It is “the anointing press”, the place where pressure comes but through that pressure and destruction, anointing is produced.
They had been there many times but this time was different. Unbeknownst to them, Jesus’ words were being fulfilled.
Jesus takes Peter, James and John with Him. Jesus is sorrowful to the point of death; something is being birthed in the Spirit.
Jesus tells His true disciples: “Watch with me”; watch meaning: “be vigilant, keep awake”.
When Jesus returns, He finds the disciples sleeping. Jesus says to them, “Could you men not keep watch with me for one hour?” Then He turns to Peter and says, “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”
Now, the deception of the disciples is revealed.
Deception #1 – I’ll die for you but I won’t pray.
So, here’s a group of disciples, who believe they are strong enough to meet the ultimate challenge spiritually, yet they are not men of prayer. Prayer is our Gethsemane: our anointing press. It is one of the two primary factors missing in the lives of the disciples which left a fundamental flaw in their possession of the anointing. It is in prayer that the flesh dies and we are transformed by attendance to the will of God. You can do everything right but if you neglect prayer, you will fail.
Jesus is calling His people back (and some for the first time) to the place of prayer. You will not be able to fully participate in the intensity to come if your wells are not dug deep. Anointing will not flow unless you are spending time at the press.
Jesus said to His disciples, in so many words, “You must realize that you are a spirit cloaked in a body of flesh. Your flesh will deceive your spirit into thinking that you are stronger than you are. Inattention will lead you into temptation. The spirit has the desire to do God’s will but the flesh must be taken to the press or true anointing never is produced”.
1 Corinthians 15 tells us that the flesh’s message to us is: Let us eat and drink for tomorrow we die. Then it says, “Don’t be misled: Bad company corrupts good character.”
The influence of the flesh will grow through inattention to prayer just like it will through indulgence.
My brothers and sisters, something great is coming, but we cannot be deceived. Prayer is an essential ingredient to overcoming the deceptions of the flesh and to see God’s will be done.