Mornings in the College Chapel—Short Addresses to Young Men on Personal Religion by Francis Greenwood Peabody (The Riverside Press, Cambridge Copyright, 1896)

Gap-filling Exercise

Luke xxii. 39-48.

On Thursday morning of his last Jesus sends two of his friends before him into Jerusalem to prepare the Passover , while he does not himself enter the city until the afternoon. There he meets his friends, and after the supper he takes the and wine and with entire naturalness asks them, as they eat and drink, to him. Then he talks with them and with them, and they go out again on the road toward Bethany; and coming to a little garden at the foot of the hill called the of Olives he bids his companions wait while he goes, as his custom was, to pray.

We hear much discussion about prayer and its possibilities,—what we can pray for and what God can do in return, and what is the true to prayer. But what a silence comes over all such questionings when one notices that this prayer of Jesus uttered thus {157} in this most hour was not, in the sense of these discussions, answered by his God. It was the moment of the agony of Christ. The falseness of friends, the of his people, the malice of their leaders,—all these things seem more than he can bear. “Let this cup pass me,” he prays, and, behold, his prayer is not accepted, and what he asks is denied, and the cup is to be drunk. And yet in a far deeper sense his, prayer is . “Thy will be done,” he prays,—not in spite of me, or over me, but through me. Make me, my Father, the instrument of will; and so praying he rises with absolute composure and kingly authority, and goes out with his prayer answered to do that will.