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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, June 2, 2017
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Today’s scripture reading:
In times of great stress, we are vulnerable to temptation, even if we have a willing spirit. Jesus gave us an example of what to do to resist: (1) Pray to God; (2) seek support of friends and loved ones; (3) focus on the purpose God has given us. (NLT) Remember – pray, seek support, focus on your purpose.
Mark 14:32-42 – And they came to an olive grove called Gethsemane, and Jesus said, “Sit here while I go and pray.” He took Peter, James, and John with him, and he began to be filled with horror and deep distress. He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and watch with me.”
He went on a little farther and fell face down on the ground. He prayed that, if it were possible, the awful hour awaiting him might pass him by. “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will, not mine.”
Then he returned and found the disciples asleep. “Simon!” he said to Peter. “Are you asleep? Couldn’t you stay awake and watch with me even one hour? Keep alert and pray. Otherwise temptation will overpower you. For though the spirit is willing enough, the body is weak.”
Then Jesus left them again and prayed, repeating his pleadings. Again he returned to them and found them sleeping, for they couldn’t keep their eyes open. And they didn’t know what to say.
When he returned to them the third time, he said, “Still sleeping? Still resting? Enough! The time has come. I, the Son of Man, am betrayed into the hands of sinners. Up, let’s be going. See, my betrayer is here!”
Esther L. Bonner (California) titled her story “WHY GOD, WHY?” Here is a portion of Esther’s story:
“I have never understood why people suffer or prayers seem to go unanswered, and I probably never will. . . .
“In today’s reading, Jesus himself broke down in the midst of his suffering and begged God to intervene. . . .
“Jesus was no stranger to fear, loneliness, desperation, pain, anguish, and confusion. He felt them all on the cross. They are emotions shared by all humans. God doesn’t think less of us for having those feelings or expressing them out loud. They don’t make us less faithful; they make us human.
“It may take courage to admit any of these feelings, but doing so binds us together and makes us stronger. There will be a time, however, when we will leave all this behind us and dwell with God where the sorrows of this world do not exist. . . In the meantime, we can extend to others the same compassion and love we so desperately need by standing together in prayer and offering encouragement.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Because of my faith, I am not alone.
Prayer: Dear God, open our eyes today to see those around us who are suffering so we can ease their burdens. Amen.
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE WHO IS LONELY
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