Matthew 26:36–46 (ESV)
Jesus Prays in Gethsemane
Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” 37 And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and
troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.” 39 And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying,
“My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” 40 And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch
with me one hour? 41 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 42 Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed,
“My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.” 43 And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. 44 So, leaving them again, he went
away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words again. 45 Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Sleep and take your rest later on. See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the
hands of sinners. 46 Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.”
Prayer is communication, communication with our
Triune God. I pray before I eat, when I go to bed, when I get up, when I am happy, when I am troubled, when I hurt, when I don’t know what else to do… and we are to pray. Jesus teaches us to pray in today’s reading and Jesus
did have a lot on his mind. His life is at stake. He knows he is about to die a painful death. Jesus even gets personal and says: “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.” Jesus continued the
path to the cross for you.
I pray: O Lord, If I say that little sins do not hurt anyone, they hurt you. I’m sorry and repent of all my sins…
big or little. You felt every one of them. I want to do better. Thank you for your plan of Salvation. Amen.