What Jesus Did! 'If Possible?' — Mark 14:35

Wednesday, October 30, 2024

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[Jesus] went on a little farther and fell to the ground. He prayed that, if it were possible, the awful hour awaiting him might pass him by.
— Mark 14:35 NLT

Key Thought

Jesus was honest in his prayers to the Father. He demonstrated his need both verbally and physically. In this story, Jesus showed us an essential aspect of genuine prayer when he shared his agony with the Father in humility and honesty. In the verses that follow, he offered himself to do whatever the Father wills and not just what was easiest. As we pray, we need to follow our Lord's example of genuine prayer — honesty, humility, and submission. While he was on earth, not only did Jesus teach us how to pray, he also demonstrated how to pray in his own personal walk with the Father.

Today's Prayer

Dear Father, I come before you recognizing your majesty and my need. You are the glorious God of all creation, the Father of all peoples, and the Sovereign Lord of all nations. I come on my knees, dear Father, offering myself to you. Please use me in the ways that bring you glory and ensure that I am drawn ever closer to you in character and compassion. Please heal me of my infirmities — both the physical ones and the spiritual ones. Bring yourself glory through my life. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Hebrews 5:7-9
  • Psalm 10:14-18
  • 1 Kings 8:28


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Illustration of Mark 14:35 NLT — [Jesus] went on a little farther and fell to the ground. He prayed that, if it were possible, the awful hour awaiting him might pass him by.

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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