Mark 14:32-42; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Did Jesus pray? Yes, Jesus often spoke with God. He is our great example in prayer. In this picture Jesus is praying in a garden. It is night time. Jesus is in great distress. He had done nothing wrong, but His enemies wanted to kill Him. So Jesus prayed to God and said, "Rather, if it is possible, do not let this happen to me! You can do anything. Do not make me suffer. But do what You want, and not what I want." Jesus knew that God's will was best for Him, even if it meant death. God wants us to pray too, but we must accept His answer to our prayer. Jesus asked His friends to pray with Him, but they were too tired. They went to sleep. Then Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Stay awake and pray so that you will not be tested. You want to do what is right, but you are weak." The Bible says, "Always be joyful and never stop praying. This is what God wants you to do."