Why They Slept

“When He rose up from prayer, and had come to His disciples, He found them sleeping from sorrow. Then He said to them, ‘ Why do you sleep? Rise and pray lest you enter into temptation’.” Luke 22:45-46

The disciples often get bad mouthed for falling asleep at a time like this. Reading “sleeping from sorrow” puts it in a different light.

Thank You, Lord, for not coming just to tell us what we’re doing wrong, but to show us a better way. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Compassion Even When

Weary with grief, pulled
down into emotionally
drained sleep, You don’t
condemn our condition,
but teach us to
pray against temptation,
knowing all that
still awaits.


  1. This is one of the answers to my question why I did not felt God back then. I slept my sorrows away and numbed myself instead of praying; instead of talking to God. I made myself so open to temptation when I didn’t seek God’s voice or should it be — when I am not awake to hear God’s voice that sought me?

    Thank you so much Deb for being a channel of God’s message. You have been saving my day πŸ™‚

  2. Thanks, Deb

    I learn much from you generally but the last couple weeks have been somewhat intense. Thank you for sharing these little pockets of light and truth that forces me to sit up and think.

    And after I’ve sat and thought, I find He gives revelation too. The Scriptures are not new at all … He’s just using you to find new ways to share His truth. πŸ™‚

    Blessings to you and yours, Delightful Deb


    P.S. Here’s a timeless classic from Andrae Crouch… I don’t know why Jesus loves me

  3. LOVE this poem!!!!! Already emailed the page to a friend of mine who is hurting ….

    Thanks for visiting my blog … I hope to become friends!

  4. Deb, I can so relate to the disciples here. I fight a constant battle between sleeping versus praying. The Lord has many times laid on my heart Isaiah 50:4 – “He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed.” And yet I choose sleep in the morning instead. Not always because of sorrow, though I’ve had my share of over sleeping because of sorrow. This whole devotion was just so touching and beautiful. Thank you. Peace, Linda

  5. I remember those days too, sweet Rea. So so glad He got us awake and moving and praying and rejoicing now! My how He saves the day! God bless you and whisper His love to you today!

  6. Ann-full-of-grace . . .I cringe when I hit publish sometimes. This was one of those times.
    I realize I don’t always look at things the same way that others do, going through like this. Without the training and knowledge, I kind of play it safe. Don’t want to mislead anyone or be misled myself! So if you ever see something about what I’m trying just to be simple about that doesn’t sit well with your spirit . . .please say so!!! I need you!
    God bless you for the song you are and the songs you bring! If you keep this up, I’ll never have to learn to do it, will I? haha!

  7. Linda, I fight with the sleep thing too . . .and not always because of sorrow either. But, He knows us . . .knows what we need, so I’ll keep praying that He wakes us to pray and be with Him. πŸ™‚ So thankful that we don’t sorrow like we used too! God bless you as you keep waking to Him!

  8. Friends we are! πŸ™‚ That God brings me friends right here where I’m at, blesses me soooo much! God bless you and lift up your hurting friend too. Thank you for the encouragement you are!

  9. Deb,In response to your reply to Sister Ann,
    Do you think that God will allow you to write stuff to mislead us? You may not pray about everything you write,you may feel unsure about posting at times but as you say,we’re thankful that God didn’t just come to show us our wrongs but a better way.Don’t ever lose heart.Sometimes you may write a piece and it touch a group and other times it touches one life.You continue to follow God’s lead as he directs your path.

    Lord,I thank you for what you did on the cross.We can run to you in every season of our life,because we have the confidence that you are always there with open arms.For those of us who are struggling with sleeping
    Issue,whatever the reason I pray that you will give us the peace that passeth all understanding.Father,I praise you not only for what you do but for who you are.King of my life,ruler of the earth,a shelter in the time of storm.Touch every life that may come across this blog because your presence is evident here.

    Thank you Deb,keep doing what you do,stay blessed and be blessed.


  10. Thank you for coming through again, with prayer and insight and encouragement. Wow! πŸ™‚ I love your comments. You always remind me that I can’t mess up when I am praising Him, and wanting to glorify Him. He’ll take care of it. Just like He did with the disciples when they couldn’t stay awake.
    God bless you and all the praises you lift up to your King!

  11. “Teach us to pray against temptation..”

    Is that saying that it wasn’t the sleeping that was so bad, but the temptation to do what was wrong? I’ve never read the version that says “sleeping with sorrow…” Can’t really blame the disciples.

    “Pulled down into emotionally drained sleep…” I’m not sure if it’s worse to be emotionally pulled or to be hooked on Ambien. Either way, life sometimes has that effect. Sleep tight, girlfriend, and hugs. πŸ™‚

  12. Linda. . .you’ve done it again, bringing more into this than I thought of. A different angle. I’m not sure of the answer, either! ha! Nothing new there. But, I guess I was seeing it as Jesus not seeing this whole thing as bad as we tend to.
    Thank you for the prayers and hugs. God bless you and strengthen you for all your days and nights that pull on you.

  13. Dearest Delightful Deb,

    I am so sorry if I caused you to feel I was uncomfortable (in any way)with what you posted. Nope!! It was a truly beautiful piece. What I posted was the end of the conversation I was having in my head πŸ™‚

    I was thinking about the many things I had learned since connecting with you and the other blogging pals and how easily it is for us to miss simple truths and how thankful I am that God is using you to reveal truth that is hundreds of years old. Truth that has always been there, truth that I probably never paid attention to until someone (YOU!) brought it forward.

    I have had to walk through painful experiences and every time I think of how He loves me despite what I have been through, I get emotional. I probably couldn’t think through the tears.

    I do thank you for sharing these with us. I greatly appreciate you and your ministry.


  14. Dearest gracious Ann . .. You are fine! I didn’t really think I had upset you. Was really feeling like you were, that there is so much to learn and He brings me so many different people to show me different sides to what I think I know. And I must have been feeling a bit insecure too . .. which Kenisha straightened out. ha! So there you go . . .we need each other! Thank you for being here for me. πŸ™‚ I love getting to talk to people like this, but sometimes it’s hard to completely get one another. That’s where that grace you share comes in! God bless you!

  15. Tonight, I had just enough emotional and spiritual energy to wash up on your shore here and receive the blessing of your poem. It could hardly have been more perfect. (I am going to sleep, now. It is actually early for me.) Thank you for being an oasis of truth, wisdom, and encouragement for those of us who visit here, Debbie! May you be blessed in return!

  16. Sleep can help us, especially when we are drained. I’m glad He understands, even if others may judge us a little harshly. ha! Praying for you to be restored and renewed with Him tonight. Sleep sweet and God bless you!

  17. “Thank You, Lord, for not coming just to tell us what we’re doing wrong, but to show us a better way.”

    This means so much.

    I have gotten behind again. Been having some internet trouble, and also the trouble that comes when I fail to rest in Jesus. I am so glad I read this. πŸ™‚

  18. You mean so much to me and all of us here in blog land. So thankful for you, for your understanding, faith and love. May He be your rest and restoration today. πŸ™‚ God bless you and keep you in His special care.

  19. I like the way you point these things out, Deb! I didn’t see the scripture this way until you pointed it out. But doesn’t it sound like something Jesus would do? Up to the very end, he was caring and loving us!
    Thank you for these words.

  20. In my quest to encourage, I may see it differently than some! ha! So glad that you would think that too, that Jesus wouldn’t be totally down on them for this, that He would understand and care about why they fell asleep.
    God bless you and the way you share His words and heart with us!

  21. Oh let me tell you…God hears me…kind of hard not too when I have been angry about things in my life…I just have had to learn not all things go the way we would hope LOL

    Even now I still need to embrace patience, so I still see how I am learning all he has for us…

    Your writing and sharing enriches me…

  22. You enrich me too, Elizabeth! God bless you and all He is doing in your life right now!

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