by Richard Bradley

The Prayer of Gethsemane
Richard A. Bradley
Matthew 26:36-46

36 Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, ''Sit here while I go and pray over there.''
37 And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed.
38 Then He said to them, ''My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.''
39 He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, ''O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.''
40 Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, ''What! Could you not watch with Me one hour?
41 Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.''
42 Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, ''O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.''
43 And He came and found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy.
44 So He left them, went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
45 Then He came to His 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 Rise, let us be going. See, My betrayer is at hand.''


Jesus and His disciples had come to the end of a very long road they'd been travelling for three years. Events were rapidly transpiring that would bring Jesus to the cross. As they say, things were coming to a head:

Judas had agreed to betray Jesus;

The Passover had been celebrated;

Judas had been revealed as the betrayer;

Jesus had predicted Peter's denial;

The Savior and the twelve had retired for the night
to the Garden of Gethsemane.

It was in the garden, just across the Kedron Valley from the Herod's Temple, that Jesus prayed basically the same prayer three times. ...

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