Jesus Prayer in Gethsemane


“There are several instructive features in Jesus prayer in His hour of trial in Gethsemane. It was:

  1. A lonely prayer.  He withdrew even from His three favored disciples.  It is important to be in solitary prayer, especially in times of trial.


  1. A humble Prayer.  He fell on His face.  What then must be your stance?  Humility gives us foothold in prayer.  There is no hope of prevailing with God unless we abase ourselves. 


  1. A filial prayer to His Father.  He cried, “Abba Father.”  Nothing can forfeit a child’s right to a father’s protection.  Be not afraid to say, “My Father, hear my cry.”


  1. A Persevering Prayer.  He prayed three times.  Cease not until you prevail.  Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving.


  1. A Prayer of Resignation.  “Nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt.”  Yield, and God yields.  Let it be as God wills, and God will determine for the best.  Be content to leave your prayer in His hands.  He knows when to give, how to give, what to give, and what to withhold.



So pleading, earnestly, importunately, yet with humility and resignation, You will surely prevail.


From: Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon