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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Control (01/30/06)

TITLE: Peter`s Prayer
By Grace Sempa


Peter’s Prayer

Oh, what a night, what absolute misery. This night seems darker than usual.
So much has happened in just a short time.

I followed Jesus from a distance, trying hard not to be seen and recognised, and at the same time, I knew I had to control my feelings.

So this is what it has come to, following my Lord from a distance, seeing Him beaten and spat on and disgraced, I can’t bare it.

I thought about the events of the evening…

As we sat and ate together with Jesus, there was a heavy atmosphere around the table.

What it was, I could not put my finger on .Then Jesus spoke to all twelve of us looking at each of us, communicating His deep Love, and I could see He was deeply troubled.

He then said one of us would betray Him, and we would be scattered. I knew I loved the Lord, how could I deny Him?

My Lord told me,”…this day, even this night, before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice.”*
I had said even if I had to die with him, I could not deny Him in any way.

Jesus took James and John ,and I to the garden of Gethsemane for prayer. He told us His soul was sorrowful unto death, but all we did was sleep, I was no help to Him at all.

Then came the battle;
I saw Judas leading a multitude of people carrying swords and other weapons. Coming against us.
This time I m going to fight, I will do something for the Lord.

I waited for my chance, when they grabbed Him pulling Him this way and that, I drew my sword and attacked one, cutting off his ear. That earned me a rebuke from Jesus.

“And you were also with Jesus of Nazareth,” My thoughts were interrupted as I heard a young girl address me. This cant be happening now.

“I do not know nor do I understand what you are saying.” I answered

I was recognised again, and again, I denied all the three times

Cock-a-doodle-dooooo, I came to my senses with a start, God, that’s the second cock crow and I have denied Jesus three times, I broke down and wept….

Forgive me Lord, forgive me.

I have let you down, yet again.

How true are your words, my Lord.

Now I remember when you said,

That the body is weak while the spirit is willing.

I denied you, fearing for my own sake,

Now I know better;

You are the One who can die for me.

The dawn is breaking;

May I become the rock,

Of which you spoke about.

I lack self-control, and wisdom,

May my actions not be rushed?

But controlled by you, my God.

I place myself in your control,

My speech and all,

And hope to follow you,

And serve you better.

Please forgive me, my Lord, my God

* Mark 14:30 kjv

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Nina Phillips02/07/06
This was very nicely written through your veiw point. Need to polish up on some spelling errors, and keep writing! This was really enjoyable reading. God bless you! littlelight
Birdie Courtright02/08/06
A prayer we should all partake in. Nice work.
Jan Ackerson 02/08/06
Really enjoyed the poem at the end.