Mark 14:26-42

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The Lord's Prayer to the Father, in Gethsemane

Mark 14:26-42

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Lesson Number 61

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. There was no other way to save us.
  2. Watching and praying preserves believers from temptation.

Practical Application

  1. Have you ever prayed an hour?
  2. When I am strong, then I am weak.


  1. What did Jesus and His disciples do after the Passover meal?
  2. "I will strike the Shepherd and the sheep will be scattered." From which Old Testament book did Jesus quote? What did this mean?
  3. What was the response of the disciples? Who was the most vocal? How did Jesus reply to the claim made by the most vocal disciple?
  4. What did Jesus do in the garden? What did He ask of His disciples? What did the disciples do in the garden?
  5. Why was Jesus distressed and troubled? What did He pray about?
  6. Did the Father grant Jesus' request?
  7. "When I am weak, then I am strong." Who said this, and what did he mean?


  1. They sang a hymn, then went out to the Mount of Olives. The hymn probably was from Psalms 115-118, a part of the praise or Hillel psalms, traditionally sung after the Passover meal.
  2. Zechariah 13:7. It means that all the disciples would scatter because Jesus would be struck down.
  3. All the disciples said that they would not forsake Jesus. Peter was the most vocal disciple. Jesus spoke three times to Peter, saying that before the rooster crowed, he would deny Him three times.
  4. He prayed and He asked His disciples to watch and pray. However, they slept.
  5. Not because of the impending pain of the crucifixion, but because He knew He would have to suffer the wrath of God because of or sins. He was made a sin offering for us. Jesus prayed, if it were possible, that this cup would pass from Him, but He quickly added, "Nevertheless, not My will, but Thine be done."
  6. No. Because there was no other way. The only solution for us as sinners is substitution, and the substitute must be a sinless human being. Our Lord Jesus alone was that Person. He took on humanity to become our Savior.
  7. Paul (2 Corinthians 12:10). He meant that when he was battered about, he found a source of spiritual strength available from the Lord. When we are at the end of our rope, we can find strength in the Lord. The converse is also true. When we think that we can do something in our own strength, we find that we fail.


  1. Why is it so difficult to attend to prayer, especially for any length of time? Remember, it is prayer and waiting on God that preserves believers from temptation.
  2. Determine to increase the amount of your prayer time, especially when you are by yourself. Perhaps you may want to keep a prayer list, and from time to time review it, keeping a record of when and how God answered your prayers. This can be most encouraging to pray specifically.


  1. Have you found that when you are strong, you are weak? And the converse? Recall some specific examples. Determine to seek strength in the Lord alone.

Key Verses

  • "Abba, Father, all things are possible for You. Take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will, but what You will." (Mark 14:36) "Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." (Mark 14:38)

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