Mark 14:32-42 (NIV)
32 They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. 34 “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.” 35 Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. 36 “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” 37 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Simon,” he said to Peter, “are you asleep? Couldn’t you keep watch for one hour? 38 Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 39 Once more he went away and prayed the same thing. 40 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. They did not know what to say to him. 41 Returning the third time, he said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough! The hour has come. Look, the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 42 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”
Jesus is in agony. He knows what lies ahead. He is going to be tortured and die. Even in this moment he is still concerned about others. The first time he turns to the three he tells Peter to watch and pray that he will not give into temptation. The second time it says they didn’t know what to say to him. the third time he comes he tells them he is ready to go and Judas arrives to betray him – friends who are too tired to help and another who is not only going to deny him but betray him.
O God, our Lord was in agony that night and in his moment he asked for another way but there was no other way. His prayer was spoken in the way all prayer should be spoken as it is in the prayer he taught us to say, “Your will be done on earth as it is is heaven.” Thank you. Amen.