Our text will come from John 18:1-2. 18:1 When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which he entered, and his disciples. 18:2 And Judas also, which betrayed him, knew the place: for Jesus ofttimes resorted thither with his disciples.
Jesus, just minutes before he is betrayed and arrested, goes into the Garden of Gethsemane where there was a special place where he and his disciples had visited many times to be alone to pray.
Here is where many times no doubt he had prayed much about his disciples, their battles that await them, his ministry, and those that would believe on him. It was a place of solitude, strength, fellowship, sincerity, praise, rejoicing, victory, asking, and finally it was a place of agony.
Now time has run out. It will soon be time to take his place among sinners and pay for the sins of the whole world of which he was dreading; nevertheless, he visits the place one last time to pray about his final work that he was sent to do.
The lesson to us is clear. There ought to be a special place where you and I can resort to in happy times and in sad times to be alone with God. You will need such a place eventually. There will be times where you will need to be alone with God. It may be in some special place in the house. It may be in your car. It may be in bed in the middle of the night but wherever it is, use it often. It will be your place of strength, solitude, and victory.
Our Lord had a special place designated for prayer. May you too have a special place designated for prayer.