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The Best Decisions Are Made in the Garden of Gethsemane

Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.


Most gardens are planned spaces set aside for planting seeds for food. The space for a garden can be small or large for growing vegetables to feed families. Some gardens have the sole purpose of displaying beautiful flowers. In other words, gardens serve special purposes.

There are two major gardens in the Bible. The Garden of Eden is mentioned in Genesis 2 and 3 where God placed the first man and woman. When they sinned by eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, God banished them out of the garden.

The other garden is mentioned in the gospels. It is the place where Jesus went to pray before going to the cross. This article is based on that garden because all of us should frequent the Garden of Gethsemane to make major decisions as Jesus did.

Garden of Gethsemane

The Garden of Gethsemane is located at the base of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. All four of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John give an account of the agony Jesus suffered in the garden. The Garden of Gethsemane is important in the Christian religion because it is the place where Judas betrayed Jesus.

Judas Iscariot knew where to find Jesus on the night of His arrest because he and the other disciples had been there many times with Jesus. His reason for going there that night was different from going there at other times.

Garden of Gethsemane: Place of Prayer

Jesus went to the garden for one reason and one reason only. He went there to pray. He could have prayed anyplace, but on His last visit, He had something extremely important to pray about. Therefore, He chose a more secluded place to be with his Father and to hear from Him.

Jesus took the three disciples in His inner circle with Him to Gethsemane. He asked Peter, James, and John to stay awake and pray while He went "a stone's throw away" to be alone with His Father without any distractions.

He prayed the same prayer three times. In between those three times, Jesus went to check on His three disciples twice. Both times they had fallen asleep. He asked them, “Couldn’t you tarry one hour?”


Jesus' Perfect Prayer in the Garden

About 25 prayers of Jesus are recorded in the Bible, but none was like the prayer He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane on the night of His arrest when He was about to face the most difficult task of His earthly life. A lot of Bible scholars refer to Jesus' experience as "Christ's agony at Gethsemane" based on Luke 22:43–44.

Of all the many prayers Jesus had prayed, this particular experience was so much different. Luke is the only gospel writer who recorded that Jesus prayed so fervently that sweat like drops of blood fell to the ground (Luke 22:44). Perhaps that was because Luke was a physician and he knew the medical implication behind that phenomenon.

Jesus felt overwhelmed and was filled with anguish. He fell with His face to the ground and cried out, "My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will." A second time, He prayed similar words, "My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.” Jesus prayed the same prayer a third time (Matthew 26:39-44).

We know Jesus did receive an answer to His perfect prayer from His Father. After accepting that His time had come, He could face what happened to Him on the cross peacefully.


Sometimes it is good to pray with family, friends, and church members. However, there are times when we need to be alone to pray the perfect prayer like Jesus did in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Notice that Jesus prayed the same prayer a total of three times. So, don't believe it when people tell you that you shouldn't pray the same prayer more than once because it shows a lack of faith.

When we have major decisions to make, we should go to our own Garden of Gethsemane and pray that perfect prayer as Jesus did. After praying, we should surrender all and say like Jesus, “Father, not my will, but thine be done.” Then we will have peace and do what we have to do no matter how challenging it might be.

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