Lord Christ, I pray this day for myself and for ______________________ . I pray that you will strengthen our faith so that with the help of your Spirit we may not fall away on account of you or disown you. May we remain faithful to you even under great pressure and personal risk. May we watch and pray at all times so that we will not fall into temptation. We acknowledge that though our spirit is willing, our flesh is weak, and so we declare our dependence upon you. It sobers me, Lord, when I realize that you were deeply troubled and that your soul was overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death as the hour of your sacrifice drew near. I know that you could have called on your Father and had at your disposal more than twelve legions of angels. I thank you that you were willing to drink the cup of suffering for all of us in order that the Scriptures might be fulfilled. I pray that we will be able to imitate your example when we ourselves face unjust suffering. If it is possible, Lord, we ask that the cup of suffering be taken from us. But if it is not possible for the cup to be taken away unless we drink it, may your will be done. May we always say to the Father, “Not as I will, but as you will.” These things I ask in your name, amen.