Jesus Prays on the Mount of Olives

Read: Luke 22:39-53

 Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him.  And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.

Luke 22:39-44

Life was perfect for Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden until sin entered the world. Sin entered our world when Adam and Eve asserted their will over the will of God. The succumbed to the temptation that promised they would be able to determine their own good and evil. This original sin was ingrained in the very nature of women and men.

Jesus went to the Garden called Gethsemane (Hebrew for olive press) on the night He was betrayed by Judas. Jesus was emotionally and spiritually crushed to the point of sweating drops of blood. Sin’s curse was reversed as Jesus prayed, “not my will but Yours be done.” The first drops of redeeming blood shed by our savior came were sweat as Jesus laid down his will and became obedient even to death on the cross.

The blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin, and we find salvation when we trust God’s will not change our own. Are there areas in your life that you are following your will over God’s? I challenge you to take inventory of your life and in each area pray: Thy Kingdom Come. They will be done in my life as it is in heaven. Write these prayers in the journal today.

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