11. “Pray that you are not put to the test”

Matthew 26:36-46; 14:32-42; Luke 22:39-46; John 18:1.

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They came to a plot of land called Gethsemane; and Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Stay here while I go and pray.’

 

They came to a plot of land called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Stay here while I pray.’

 

 

Then he withdrew from them, a stone’s throw away.

 

 

Then Jesus took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee with him. And he began to feel sadness and anguish.

‘My soul is sorrowful. I’m dying of sadness. Wait here and stay awake with me.’

And going on a little further he threw himself on the ground and prayed.

 

Then Jesus took Peter and James and John with him. And he began to feel fear and anguish.

‘My soul is sorrowful. I’m dying of sadness. Wait here, and stay awake.’

And going on a little further he threw himself on the ground and prayed

 

 

 

 

 

 



And he knelt down and prayed.

 

 

 

 

That if it were possible, this hour might pass him by.

 

 

 

 

 

‘My Father,

 

if it is possible,

let this cup pass me by.

 

‘Abba,

Father!

For you everything is possible.

Take this cup away from me.

 

 

‘Father,

 

if you are willing,

take this cup away from me.

 

 

Let it be as you want it, not as I would have it.’

 

Let it be as you want it, not as I would have it.’

 

Let your will be done, not mine.’

 

 

He came back to the disciples and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter, ‘You could not stay awake with me for one hour? Wake up and pray that you are not put to the test.

 

He came back and found them sleeping, and he said to Peter, ‘Peter, are you asleep? You could not stay awake for one hour? Wake up and pray that you are not put to the test.

 

When he rose from prayer he came back to the disciples and found them sleeping, weary from grief. And he said to them, ‘Why are you all asleep? Get up and pray that you are not put to the test.’

 

 

 

Jesus prayed to God in heaven, Papa, save me from this hour.
Take this cup away from me. I know that you have the power.
Jesus prayed and then he wept, to his weary friends returned.
They were sleeping, lost in dreams of the Kingdom for which they yearned.

Jesus prayed, then told his friends,
Pray you never face this test.
All is done; the hour is come. You can sleep and have your rest.
Abba's cup I now accept. A Son of man now men betray.
Rise up! Rise up! Let us go! My betrayer's not far away.