(31-34) Jesus Foretells Peter’s Denial
Even though Jesus knew Peter would deny Him, He still prayed for him. He prayed that his faith would not utterly fail; that he would only stumble at Satan’s sifting, and not fall; that he would not forever remain turned from the Lord, but would be used by Him to strengthen others. Christ knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows the weak points of our faith, the temptations we are prone to give in to, and how Satan seeks to destroy us. It is with this knowledge and for many more reasons that He prays for us just as He prayed for Peter. He is at God’s right hand, constantly interceding for us.
(39-46) Jesus Prays on the Mount of Olives
Christ prayed for His Father to remove the cup of wrath from Him, if He was willing. But God was not willing to do so. That specific request was not granted, but Christ’s prayer was still answered because above wanting the cup to be removed, Christ wanted God’s will to be done. We can be certain that whenever we pray according to the will of God, even if it is not exactly what our heart desires, our prayer will be answered. Not our will, but His, be done. His kingdom come, not ours.
Favorite verse: (42) Saying, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.”