Participation and Trials of Falling Asleep (Luke 22: 39-46)


This week’s sermon focused on Luke 22:39-46.

Jesus Prays on the Mount of Olives

He came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed him. When he reached the place, he said to them, ‘Pray that you may not come into the time of trial.’ Then he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed,‘Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done.’ [[ Then an angel from heaven appeared to him and gave him strength. In his anguish he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down on the ground.]] When he got up from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping because of grief, and he said to them, ‘Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not come into the time of trial.’

Or you can read Luke 22:14-62 here online for broader context.


  • When has prayer been most life-giving to you?
  • When was it most difficult for you to pray?
  • What contrast is happening here that might be helpful in our understanding of prayer?

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