Welcome to Prayer Station Number Two
Read: Luke 22 39-46
39 Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. 40 On reaching the place, he said to them, ‘Pray that you will not fall into temptation.’ 41 He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, 42 ‘Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.’ 43 An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. 44 And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.
45 When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. 46 ‘Why are you sleeping?’ he asked them. ‘Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.’
This was the darkest moment: his pleading with God that there might be another way. He knelt down on the cold ground and wept like a child; …….. the words that he had said about walking second miles and turning other cheeks and giving enemies a drink, they were now focused into these moments of foreboding, for now he had to prepare himself to do what he had said.
It had always been waiting for him. From the moment he had gone down into the waters, and John had said, ‘Look, here is the Lamb of God’, this day had been coming. He didn’t quite know how it would work out, or how it would end, but this much was clear: he had to take this cup and drain it to the dregs.
(inspired by Stephen Cottrell, ‘The things He did’)
Why not find 2 ‘cups’ in the kitchen? An old mug and perhaps a wine glass?
Sit them side by side.
Which one would a royal person drink from?
Jesus chose the ugly cup, full of poison and sin.
How does that make you feel? How can you respond?
Where are you avoiding a painful cup, even though you know you should take it?
Talk to God about that.
End this session by listening to the song below