Jesus’s Prayer in His Darkest Hour

Hebrews 5:7–10

In this lab, John Piper takes us to Jesus’s darkest hour and shows us how Jesus did not run from his Father in his grief, but boldly wept and cried aloud in trust before him.

Some questions to ask as you read and study Hebrews 5:7–10:

  1. What was the most emotionally charged time of prayer in your life? What did you say to God?
  2. When do you think Jesus prayed “with loud cries and tears” for salvation in Hebrews 5:7? What might he have prayed for? (John Piper goes to Luke 22:41–45 for help.)
  3. In the lab, John Piper connects Hebrews 5:7 to Hebrews 12:2 to say that Jesus’s prayer was answered by his Father, giving him a glimpse of the joy that was set before him. Whatever suffering or hardship we are experiencing, pray for a glimpse of eternal joy that lies before you to endure until the end.

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Principle for Bible Reading


Most study Bibles have cross-references that connect you to other texts in the Bible that relate to that text. Whether connected thematically or by a common phrase or word, cross-referencing enhances our study when we take the time to look up the verses.

In this lab, John Piper connects Hebrews 5:7 to Luke 22:41–45 and sees things he might have missed otherwise.