Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
May 16 Scripture Selection: Mark 14:26-50
Food for Thought: Mark 14:38
The way the disciples were to avoid entering into temptation is the exact same way we are to do today. Jesus urged the disciples to watch (be vigilant) and pray, and this gets results for us, as well. Let’s remember that the Bible also calls trials temptations, so this works for the prevention of an innumerable variety of challenges that we could face, in addition to falling into sin. Jesus knew that within moments the disciples would find themselves facing extreme difficulties, pressures, and confusion, and would need the help of the Lord to stay on track. So do we.
To effectively “watch and pray” and avoid a fall, we consult the Word, live by it, and pray according to it. Second Peter 1:4-10 is a passage that contains instructions on just exactly how to go about this and assures us that “if you do these things you will never stumble (vs. 10).” Hebrews 10:23 encourages us to “hold fast (tightly) the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” Confession of our hope (hope, not meaning uncertainty of possibility of something happening, rather, it is looking ahead, knowing that things always work out through the Lord) is actually an element of prayer involving faith and is sealed with our verbal expression of trust in Him.
In this time of great anguish for the Lord, He was concerned for His disciples. He knew they were about to go through the hardest thing they have ever known, and He knew they would need help beyond their own strength. Watching and praying was what they needed, though they didn’t realize it at the time, and what we desperately need too.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):