What Jesus Did! 'Don't Worry What to Say' — Mark 13:11

Sunday, September 22, 2024

[Jesus continued,] "But when you are arrested and stand trial, don't worry in advance about what to say. Just say what God tells you at that time, for it is not you who will be speaking, but the Holy Spirit."
— Mark 13:11 NLT

Key Thought

Our witness will not be our wisdom, but our courage. Our ultimate testimony will not be of our own making but from the Spirit's inspiration. Jesus challenged his original disciples, and through them he now challenges us, to be his witnesses and trust the Holy Spirit to empower, enlighten, and inspire us when we face challenges to the Good News!

Today's Prayer

O Father, please make me courageously bold by the power of your Holy Spirit. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Luke 11:11-13
  • Acts 4:27-31
  • Acts 4:12-13

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Illustration of Mark 13:11 NLT — "But when you are arrested and stand trial, don't worry in advance about what to say. Just say what God tells you at that time, for it is not you who will be speaking, but the Holy Spirit."

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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