19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying,“This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.
One of the best things that God illuminates to me as I turn away from religion and had a deeper relationship with Him is the meaning of His words. Before, every time I would see the bread, I remember my sins and feel unworthy; but Jesus didn’t say that I should remember my sins and confess it to anyone before I can partake the bread. He said that I remember Him and what He has done for my sins. I can come boldly to God asking Him for forgiveness of my sins yet I can also partake His bread not feeling unworthy but loved, for the bread is not my sins but His life given for me.
32 “But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”
Jesus knows that Peter will fail Him, yet He still prays for him. I believe this is the same with everyone, all of us have sinned and fall short in the glory of God, yet Jesus still prays for us. Jesus hopes on us that we will be strengthen in Him.
40 On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.”
There is indeed an escape to temptation, it is clearly said by Jesus. Our ultimate escape to whatever situation is that of our prayers.
44 And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.
When I feel angry what do I do? I walked out, go to a solitary place and wept. Sometimes, when I can’t take it, I let my angers out into words. I learned how to tame my tongue though, yet Jesus sets an example of the best thing to do when in anguish – to pray more earnestly. So when my temper rises and anger envelopes me, I should just remember Christ who prayed earnestly in anguish.