Day 6 of 2 Weeks 2 the Cross: Matthew 26:36-46
Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and He told the disciples, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” Taking along Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. Then He said to them, “My soul is swallowed up in sorrow —to the point of death. Remain here and stay awake with Me.” Going a little farther, He fell facedown and prayed, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup pass from Me. Yet not as I will, but as You will.”
Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping. He asked Peter, “So, couldn’t you stay awake with Me one hour? Stay awake and pray, so that you won’t enter into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, Your will be done.”And He came again and found them sleeping, because they could not keep their eyes open.
After leaving them, He went away again and prayed a third time, saying the same thing once more. Then He came to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the time is near. The Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners. Get up; let’s go! See, My betrayer is near.”
Jesus spent His last moments before His arrest in prayer, pouring out His heart and devotion to His Father. Of all that Father and Son must have spoken those last few hours before His physical suffering would begin, this is recorded in Scripture: “If it is possible, let this cup pass from Me. Yet not as I will, but as You will.”
And, three different times, Jesus urged His disciples, before they would scatter and face the reality of His death, to stay awake and to pray.
As we worked through this passage of Scripture together as a family, these two phrases were repeated again, and again:
Not my will, but your will.
Stay awake and pray.
For our family activity, we made praying hands. We traced the kid’s hands, and they decorated them and cut them out. After taping a popsicle stick to the back, they were able to clap them together to pray, or raise them to the sky in praise. On the hands we wrote: Not my will, but your will.