Day 6: Jesus Prays in the Garden – ‘Not my will, but your will, Lord

Matthew 26:36-46

36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

39 Going 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.”

40 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men 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 flesh is weak.”

42 He 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.”

43 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. 44 So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.

45 Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”

Jesus asked the Father if the cup could be taken from him, but he was willing to do what was difficult for our salvation.

What is a difficult thing you are being asked to do? 

What do you need to surrender?

Family Focus:

Think of something that you know you should do, but is hard to do. Now go outside in the garden or yard and choose a small item (i.e., stick, flower, leaf, etc.) to represent this hard thing. Carry it around as you walk and think and pray: “Not my will, but your will.”  When you are ready to give it to Jesus, dispose of the item.