(39) And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him. (40) And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation.Luke 22:39-40
In this pivotal moment Jesus goes to the mount of olives. This is a place that he had been to many times before. There is a clue to this truth in verse 39 where it says he went “as he was wont”. This is an old english way of saying that this was a familiar pattern with Jesus. Jesus had often gone to the mount of olives. He is referred to as being in the mount of olives in every Gospel, and is placed there multiple times.
Matthew and Mark contain what is called the Olivet discourse where His disciples ask Him about the end of the age:
And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
Also in Mark:
And as he sat upon the mount of Olives over against the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately,Mark 13:3
We have already seen him in the area in Luke at the beginning of the triumphal entry.
And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;Luke 19:37
In the Gospel of John you’ll find this verse:
Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.John 8:1
It’s at the end of a discussion that the people were having about the identity of Jesus. Right after he goes to the mount of olives in John 8:1, he comes back to the temple.
He had gone there for a reason, and I conjecture it would be to get alone with God.
The specific place on the Mount of Olives that Jesus went to was a gareden called Gethsamene. We know this from parallel passages in Matthew and Mark.
Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.Matthew 26:36
And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray.Mark 14:32
Jesus often would get alone to pray.
And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.Matthew 14:23
And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray.Mark 6:46
And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray.Luke 9:28
And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.Luke 11:1
When Jesus taught about prayer, He said this about having a place to pray:
And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.Matthew 6:5-6
Prayer was so pivotal to Jesus. He had a place to pray. He made time to pray. My question for us is quite obvious. Do we have a place to pray? Do you have a place? Do you have a time? Do you have somewhere you go to pray? Is it part of your schedule? How can we expect the rewards of God apart from the presence of God? Why should we expect the blessing of God when we do not spend time with God?
Pick a place and a time and get to praying!