But during Jesus' agony He prayed more earnestly. Could there be a more stark contrast?
The implication is that Jesus was already praying, and then began praying MORE earnestly.
I've come to realize that Jesus really didn't want to go to the cross, any more than I would. But He submitted to His Father's will. Even if His will was very painful, unpleasant, humiliating, frightening. In fact, it seems that it was the very unpleasantness of it all that spurred the more earnest prayer. It was when most of us would turn and run or fight back that our Saviour stayed. And prayed. More earnestly.
I see Jesus' agony being under control, like all aspects of His life--agony under control, frustration under control, power under control, fear under control------LIFE--------all under divine control.
My life can be under divine control--IF I'm willing to hand over the reins.
(Sounds like a TRUST thing to me!)