I’m sure you’ve read the passage where Jesus asks the Father if there is some way to let His suffering pass from Him. He then follows that up by saying, “Not as I will… Your will be done“ (Matthew 26:39, 42). You never have to pray a prayer like that.
I’m sure you’ve heard it a million times: “Everyone has their cross to bear.” That phrase is almost universally used for some kind of suffering. “Taking up your cross” is also constantly interpreted in the church as “dying to self” or “bringing your flesh into submission.” Where is that interpretation in the Bible? Your guess is as good as mine. “Taking up your cross” is actually referring to rest from your works and your salvation.