Station 1: Jesus Prays Alone
Luke 22:39-46 – 39 And he came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him. 40 And when he came to the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” 41 And he withdrew from them about a stone's throw, and knelt down and prayed, 42 saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” 43 And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. 44 And being in agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. 45 And when he rose from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping for sorrow, 46 and he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation.”
This time of Jesus in prayer is not a serene, peaceful time. It is full of tension, anguish, dreaded anticipation, pain, discomfort, and uncertainty. It is in these few verses that we see the humanity of Jesus as he has set aside his access to divine power in order to suffer.
Spend a few moments in honest prayer. Pour out your heart to the Lord. Wrestle with God’s will for you.