If possible, read the whole chapter to see the full picture of what is happening here.
Then focus on the following section:
36Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to
them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37He took Peter and the two sons of
Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38Then he said
to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and
keep watch with me.” 39Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and
prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will,
but as you will.” 40Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Could
you men not keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41”Watch and pray
so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”
42He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this
cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.” 43When he came back,
he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. 44So he left them and
went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing. 45Then he
returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look,
the hour is near, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46Rise, let
us go! Here comes my betrayer!”
1. Here recorded three times of Jesus’ prayer. It clearly portrayed Jesus wrestling
with God’s will and then finally accepting it. It started with Jesus asking if it is
possible for the cup (referring to the expression of God’s judgment in and by the
cross) to be removed from him. The next two times He says, “If this cannot …
your will be done”(v42). In all cases, Jesus addresses God in the most intimate
terms as “my Father”(vv39,42). The disciples, even Peter, were unable to watch
and pray with him.
2. Meditate on Christ’s suffering. Quietly sing this Taize song:
Stay with me, remain here with me
watch and pray, watch and pray. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkivkORaeJA
Prayer & Journaling:
On your prayer journal, as you listen to God, write down a few thoughts, questions,
words, names, drawings, or anything that has come to your mind during this time.
Proverbs for Today: Prov 4:7-9
Use the material on this website for today’s family devotion. http://children.