"Don't be so sure," Jesus said. "This very night, before the rooster crows up the dawn, you will deny me three times."
Peter protested, "Even if I had to die with you, I would never deny you." All the others said the same thing.
Then Jesus went with them to a garden called Gethsemane and told his disciples, "Stay here while I go over there and pray."
Taking along Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he plunged into an agonizing sorrow.
Then he said, "This sorrow is crushing my life out. Stay here and keep vigil with me."
Going a little ahead, he fell on his face, praying, "My Father, if there is any way, get me out of this. But please, not what I want. You, what do you want?"
When he came back to his disciples, he found them sound asleep. He said to Peter, "Can't you stick it out with me a single hour?
Stay alert; be in prayer so you don't wander into temptation without even knowing you're in danger. There is a part of you that is eager, ready for anything in God. But there's another part that's as lazy as an old dog sleeping by the fire."
He then left them a second time. Again he prayed, "My Father, if there is no other way than this, drinking this cup to the dregs, I'm ready. Do it your way."
When he came back, he again found them sound asleep. They simply couldn't keep their eyes open.
This time he let them sleep on, and went back a third time to pray, going over the same ground one last time.
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)