What Jesus Did! 'Stay With Me!' — Mark 14:34

Saturday October 29th, 2016

Jesus said to Peter, James, and John, "My soul is full of sorrow. My heart is breaking with sadness. Wait here and stay awake."
— Mark 14:34

Key Thought

We desperately need the presence of friends who love and support us in our times of struggle and distress. Jesus needed these closest three followers—Peter, James, and John—to be there with him and help him bear his burdens. So often, we don't ask for help when we need it. In addition, we often forget to "stand with" those in need of support. Jesus' honesty in his moment of anguish is a powerful reminder that we need to do both!

Today's Prayer

O Father, help me "stand with" those around me who are facing hardships. Use me to help them bear their burdens and to pray with them. In addition, dear Father, give me the honesty to share my burdens with those who can "stand with" me in my times of distress. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Jesus and his followers went to a place named Gethsemane. Jesus said to the followers, "Sit here while I pray." Jesus told Peter, James, and John to come with him. Then Jesus began to be very troubled and full of sorrow. Jesus said to Peter, James, and John, "My soul is full of sorrow. My heart is breaking with sadness. Wait here and stay awake." Jesus walked a little more away from them. Then Jesus fell to the ground and prayed. Jesus prayed that, if possible, he would not have this time of suffering. Jesus prayed, "Abba, Father! You can do all things. Let me not have this cup {of suffering}. But do what you want, not what I want." Then Jesus went back to his followers. He found them sleeping. He said to Peter, "Simon, why are you sleeping? You could not stay awake with me for one hour? Stay awake and pray for strength against temptation. Your spirit wants to do what is right. But your body is weak." Again Jesus went away and prayed the same thing. Then Jesus went back to the followers. Again Jesus found them sleeping. Their eyes were very tired. The followers did not know what they should say to Jesus. After Jesus prayed a third time, he went back to his followers. Jesus said to them, "You are still sleeping and resting? That's enough! The time has come for the Son of Man to be given to sinful people. Stand up! We must go. Here comes the man who is giving me to those people."

Mark 14:32-42

Related Scripture Readings

Help each other with your troubles. When you do this, you truly obey the law of Christ.

Galatians 6:2

Are you having troubles? You should pray. Are you happy? You should sing. Are you sick? You should call the church's elders. The elders should rub oil on you in the name of the Lord and pray for you. The prayer that is said with faith will make the sick person well. The Lord will heal that person. And if that person has sinned, then God will forgive those sins. Always tell each other the wrong things you have done. Then pray for each other. Do this so that God can heal you. When a good person prays hard, great things happen.

James 5:13-16

So encourage each other with these words.

1 Thessalonians 4:18


About this Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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