Monday, February 9, 2015 4:19 AM

An Angel Answers a Prayer

Monday, February 9, 2015 4:19 AM
Monday, February 9, 2015 4:19 AM

The Chiasm in Luke 22:40–46: Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. Here is an interesting insight to prayer. In a Chiasm, the emphasis of a chiasm stands at the center….here it is the Angel coming to minister to Jesus. But both at the beginning and at the end, Jesus is urging the disciples to pray that they might not enter into temptation. From this chiastic in these verses, we learn that not only is prayer used to confess our sins; it is also used to keep us from the temptation of sin.


a.   (v. 40) Jesus’ command to pray so that you do not enter temptation

         b.   (v. 41a) Jesus distances himself from his disciples who are awake

             c.   (v. 41b) Kneeling down

                  d.   (v. 42) Prayer with passionate vocabulary

                       e.   (v. 43) An angel answering the prayer

                 d.   (v. 44) Prayer with passionate intensity

           c.   (v. 45a) Standing up

      b.   (v. 45b) Jesus returns to the disciples, who are now sleeping

a.   (v. 46) Jesus’ repeated command to pray so you do not enter temptation[1]

[1] Deppe, D. B. (2011). All Roads Lead to the Text: Eight Methods of Inquiry into the Bible (26). Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge, U.K.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

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