36 Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to His disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.”
37 And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be grieved and distressed.
38 Then He said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death; remain here and keep watch with Me."
39 And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.”
40 And He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “So, you men could not keep watch with Me for one hour?
41 Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
42 He went away again a second time and prayed, saying, “My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Your will be done.”
43 Again He came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy.
44 And He left them again, and went away and prayed a third time, saying the same thing once more.
45 Then He came to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Behold, the hour is at hand and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners.
46 Get up, let us be going; behold, the one who betrays Me is at hand!”
Wouldn’t it be lovely if everyone adhered to the Golden Rule?
“Treat others the way you want to be treated.” That would be a pretty awesome world to live in. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Man is fallen. Trust is broken. Lies are told. Backs are stabbed. People are selfish and flawed, and hurt abounds.
The hurt can leave us feeling abandoned, disappointed, and on the brink of despair. Nobody understands what it's like to be betrayed better than Jesus, and nobody has ever handled betrayal better.
What did He do when the pressure was on? He prayed! Prayer is an act that seems so simple yet is so profound, and is often easier said than done in the midst of our daily routine.
The Garden of Gethsemane is one of the most somber recordings in the Bible.
Jesus was on the verge of facing His greatest trial: the cross. It’s almost painful to read, but even in our heartbreak we can’t fully empathize because we have never had to do something that difficult. It’s impossible to completely grasp what Jesus was going through. Our aches and discomforts pale in comparison. While we can’t fully understand, what we can do is follow His example.
In His hardest moments, you find Him pouring His heart out to God the Father. He prayed, not just once, but over and over and over again. He didn’t panic. He didn’t fall apart. He didn’t complain. He prayed.
You would be remiss not do the same when facing adversity.
- How do you respond to difficulty? To betrayal?
- On a scale of 1 to 10, (1 being horrible and 10 being excellent) how would you rate your prayer life? What practical steps can you take to have better communication with your Creator?
- Praise God for being trustworthy and loyal. Ask to be drawn closer to Him. Ask for forgiveness from anything unwholesome you have said or done. Thank Jesus for setting the ultimate example for us on how to deal with struggles. Read The Lord’s Prayer (Matt. 6:9-13) and let that guide your prayers this week.