Luke 22:39-46 Praying For Strength And The Father’s Will.

As was His custom, Jesus went to Mt of Olives, and He said to his disciples that they should pray that they would not enter into temptation (vv. 39-40, 46). Meanwhile Jesus prayed to be spared the cross, but ultimately that the Father’s will would be done (vv. 41-42 Cf. Jn. 4:34; 5:30; 6:38; 8:29). This required great earnestness on His part, even to sweating “like great drops of blood” (v. 44 Cf. Heb. 5:7). We can see echoes of the model prayer which the Lord gave earlier. Prayer was to the Father (Lk. 11:2), that His kingdom would come and His will would be done (11:3a), as Jesus prayed, while His disciples were to pray that they would not succumb to temptation (v. 4). We read that the Father sent an angel to strengthen Jesus, but the disciples could not even stay awake (vv. 45-46 Cf. Mt. 26:36-46; Mk. 14:32-42). Like these disciples, we need to go from falling asleep to awakening to the need to avoid temptation and seeking the Father’s will.

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