|old olive trees in Gethsemane|
His prayer is a model of simple trust with honest request. He tells his heavenly Father what he really wants - to be spared the cup of suffering. At the same time he affirms his commitment that God's will be done. Here is Luke's version of his prayer:
"Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me;
yet, not my will but yours be done."
Luke 22: 42
I visited Gethsemane last October and was very moved by a prayer written in response to Jesus' prayer and engraved on a stone plaque:
"O Jesus, in deepest night and agony you spoke these words of trust and surrender to God the Father in Gethsemane. In love and gratitude I want to say in times of fear and distress, 'My Father, I do not understand You, but I trust You." (MB)
This post is the 42nd in a daily Lenten series based on a Bible reading from the common worship Lectionary of the Church of England. This one is based on Luke 22: 39 - 53.
Photos: my own