What could Jesus be praying about at Gethsemane that He had to pray the whole night?


Mark 14:32

NKJV - 32 Then they came to a place which was named Gethsemane; and He said to His disciples, "Sit here while I pray.

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
I would say that Jesus was not just "heaping up words" in this case (as He Himself had advised His followers not to do (Matthew 6:7-8)), but that the length and intensity of His prayer -- involving multiple intervals of petition (Mark 14:35-41), and physical stress to the point of sweating blood (Luke 22:44) -- were justified because of: 

-- the enormity of the burden that He was going to bear in receiving God the Father's punishment for the sins of all of humanity from eternity past to eternity future;

-- His reaction as a true (but sinless) human being (in addition to being true God) to the physical AND spiritual suffering that it would involve (which I don't think any of us can fully appreciate or even comprehend);

-- the breaking that would occur (as a result of God the Father hiding His face from Jesus while He was on the cross) of the communion with the Father that He had shared since the beginning (John 1:1-2; Matthew 27:46); and

-- His ultimate acceptance of the cup that the Father was giving Him (Matthew 25:42-44).

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