Read Matthew 26 today.

Matthew 26:36-46 NLT[36] Then Jesus went with them to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and he said, “Sit here while I go over there to pray.” [37] He took Peter and Zebedee’s two sons, James and John, and he became anguished and distressed. [38] He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
[39] He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”
[40] Then he returned to the disciples and found them asleep. He said to Peter, “Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour? [41] Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!”
[42] Then Jesus left them a second time and prayed, “My Father! If this cup cannot be taken away unless I drink it, your will be done.” [43] When he returned to them again, he found them sleeping, for they couldn’t keep their eyes open.
[44] So he went to pray a third time, saying the same things again. [45] Then he came to the disciples and said, “Go ahead and sleep. Have your rest. But look-the time has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. [46] Up, let’s be going. Look, my betrayer is here!”
This chapter includes the events leading up to, and including, the night of Jesus’ arrest. While all of the disciples, except Judas, went to the Garden of Gethsemane with Him, He specifically asked three to stay with Him. As Jesus prayed, they became distracted by their weariness, or their sleepiness, or perhaps just their boredom. And they fell asleep. Jesus’ request was for them to stay with Him, watch, and pray. And they slept.
It would be easy to condemn their actions and declare we would never have done what they did. After all, they were physically in the presence of Jesus. How could they fall asleep?
Try this. Find a quiet place with two chairs. Imagine you are sitting in one chair and Jesus is sitting in the other. Now, sit for sixty minutes thinking only about what Jesus is praying and doing. I suspect it is harder than we might think.
This morning, I know there were distractions creeping in as I read this chapter. What meetings and activities will demand my attention later today? Who are the people for whom I will pray this morning? What is going on with the weather? What are the things I would do today if there an extra ten hours each day?
We all have distractions that keep us from sitting with Jesus. There were times when Jesus gave His disciples specific tasks to do. There were other times when He gave them instruction to be, to just be present with Him. Which is more difficult for you? In the midst of your daily doing, set aside some time today to be with Jesus.