Leaving there, he went, as he so often did, to Mount Olives. The disciples followed him.
When they arrived at the place, he said, "Pray that you don't give in to temptation."
He pulled away from them about a stone's throw, knelt down, and prayed,
"Father, remove this cup from me. But please, not what I want. What do you want?"
At once an angel from heaven was at his side, strengthening him.
He prayed on all the harder. Sweat, wrung from him like drops of blood, poured off his face.
He got up from prayer, went back to the disciples and found them asleep, drugged by grief.
He said, "What business do you have sleeping? Get up. Pray so you won't give in to temptation."
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)