What Jesus Did! 'The Company of Friends' — Matthew 26:36-38

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Then Jesus went with his followers to a place called Gethsemane. Jesus said to his followers, "Sit here while I go there and pray." Jesus told Peter and the two sons of Zebedee to come with him. Then Jesus began to be very sad and troubled. Jesus said to Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, "My soul is full of sorrow. My heart is breaking with sadness. Stay awake here with me and wait."
— Matthew 26:36-38 NLT

Key Thought

It's hard to imagine Jesus' needing anything if we divorce his divine nature from his human nature. But God never allowed that divorce. Jesus faced the same struggles and needs we do as mortals. He knows what lies ahead for him. He knows he will be abandoned by all those he has invested himself in. But before that horrible journey begins, he wants the companionship of those closest to him. And he wants this companionship while he prays!

Today's Prayer

Father, I confess that sometimes I am caught up in my own self-sufficiency and wrongful thoughts of independence when I know, deep down, that I need the strength and support of other believers. Forgive me when I think too much of my own strength and when I am too proud to ask for the help of my brothers and sisters in Christ. Humble me gently so that I will open my heart to the help and companionship of Christian friends. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Luke 22:39-40
  • Mark 1:35-37
  • Luke 11:1-4


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Illustration of Matthew 26:36-38 NLT — "Sit here while I go there and pray."   ——   "My soul is full of sorrow. My heart is breaking with sadness. Stay awake here with me and wait."

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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