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

Saturday, October 29, 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 NLT
Illustration of Mark 14:34 NLT — Jesus said to Peter, James, and John, "My soul is full of sorrow. My heart is breaking with sadness. Wait here and stay awake."

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.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Galatians 6:2
  • James 5:13-16
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:18

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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.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.