Perhaps the most moving prayers in all of Holy Scripture are those prayed by Jesus on his way to the cross and while he was on the cross–when we can see that he was fully human. He felt anguish and was overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Human fear gripped him. He was deeply distressed and troubled. While praying, his sweat was like drops of blood. When he was crucified, darkness came over the whole land.
While we have not experienced exactly what Jesus was experiencing, we have known dark days, grief, pain, depression, deep struggles–that seemed never ending. We can pray the prayers of Jesus to bring us through these times by uniting our broken spirits with God’s loving Spirit.
“My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” (Matthew 26:39, 42; Mark 14:36; Luke 22:42, NIV)
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46; Mark 15:34)
Let us remember these prayers when we remember the crucifixion of Jesus. Let us pray these prayers when we feel wounded to the point of death and are choking with the darkness that surrounds us.