What Jesus Did! 'Keep Alert!' — Mark 14:37-38

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

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."
— Mark 14:37-38 NLT
Illustration of Mark 14:37-38 NLT — "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."

Key Thought

We so often underestimate our own weakness. We know what we want to do and be, but so often we fall far short of that. Our intentions are good, but our follow through is flawed. Thank God for his grace; we can rely on the Holy Spirit to strengthen us and help us.

Today's Prayer

Father, I know that without the help of your Holy Spirit, I will fall way short of what I want to do and who I want to be. Please strengthen me with your might through your Holy Spirit. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Romans 7:18-8:4
  • Romans 8:12-14
  • Ephesians 3:14-16

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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.

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