“Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will” (Matthew 26:36-39).

In the days of His flesh our divine Lord felt His needs. The words “he offered up prayers and supplications,” show that He had many needs. Men do not pray and plead unless they have a greater need than this world can satisfy. Men work for what they can get by working and pray for that which by no other means can be obtained. The Savior offered no petitions by way of mere form. His supplications rose out of an urgent sense of His need of heavenly aid. It is difficult to understand that our Savior placed Himself in such a condition for our sakes that His needs were many. Of course, as God, He could come under no needs, but being man, like ourselves, He did not the power of His Godhead to destroy the man-like weakness of the flesh. Hence, He endured such needs as we do and resorted, as we must, to the one all-sufficient source of supply, approaching His Father by prayer. He sought for blessings with prayers; he pleaded against evil with supplications. His approaches to God were many and they were diverse in their character, for He presented prayers of all kinds. Especially in the garden, He cried again and again, “If it be possible, let this cup pass from me.” Yes, our Savior really did pray. When you, in your heaviness, shut the door of your room and kneel in prayer, when that prayer gathers strength and you fall flat upon your face in agony, when you cry and weep before the Most High under a sinking sense of need, it is hard for you to think that Jesus ever did the same. But He did so. He asked as really as you ask; he implored and sought, He entreated and wrestled, even as you must do. He knows that, solitary place on Carmel where Elijah bowed his head between his knees and cried seven times unto the Lord. He knows the turning of the face to the wall and the weeping of sorrowful eyes even as Hezekiah knew them. He can have pity upon you in your loneliness, your distraction, your apparent desertion, your sinking heart, sorrowfulness even unto death. Look to Him, then, in your night of weeping and be comforted.

Adapted from “The Power of Christ’s Tears” by Charles Spurgeon