In the Garden of the Olive Press Jesus urges his disciples to pray. If that’s all we were told we might imagine him saying, “Pray for me, for I have come to the moment for which I came into the world.”
Instead, Jesus reminds them to pray for themselves, as he has been praying for them (Luke 22:32).
Twice his words recall the “lead us not into temptation” of his Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6:13).
The second time he talks to Peter as he had earlier that same evening (Luke 22:31-34). This time, maybe with the gentleness of a parent speaking to a sleeping child, “Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour? Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!” (Matthew 26:40-41)