We don’t know what Jesus did on Wednesday of Holy Week. It is the only day we don’t have an account of His words or activity.
Jesus knew what the next few days would bring and I want to follow His example…
When I’m stretched by people and problems. When days ahead promise to be painful and hard … I need to be still and rest in God’s presence so He can strengthen me.
Throughout His life on earth, Jesus spent countless quiet hours with the Father.
Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer.Luke 5:16
So today, I want to sit quietly, to “be still” with the Lord and ask Him to give me strength when I need it most.
Jesus, Help Me to Be Still So You Can Strengthen Me
Lord, before you “did” … You spent time with Your Father.
Before You selected the Apostles…
Jesus went up on a mountain to pray, and he prayed to God all night. At daybreak, He called together all of His disciples and chose twelve of them to be apostles.Luke 6:12–13
Before You spent a day healing and teaching…
Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray.
Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer.Mark 1:36, Luke 5:16
And before Your crucifixion…
“He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”Matthew 26:39
Lord, Your Word does not tell us what You did the day before Your arrest and Your suffering began but I picture You spending it quietly with Your Father … preparing for the days ahead.
Please forgive me. It’s so easy for me to hurry through my days … the good ones and the bad ones. Too often, I allow my emotions to influence so much of what I do and say not allowing myself to be fed and filled with all I need.
And when I anticipate a time of pain and suffering…
I can find myself fretful and worried on my own before I “cease striving” and trust You.
Please help me to “be still and know” that You are…
- God. Psalm 46:10
- My refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. Psalm 46:1
- With me always and forever. Matthew 28:20
- My strength and shield. I can trust You. Psalm 28:7
- With me to strengthen and help me. Isaiah 41:10
- The peace that guards my heart and mind. 2 Thessalonians 3:16
- The One who has overcome this world and its troubles. John 16:33
- The Power that overcomes my weaknesses. 2 Corinthians 12:9
- My hope and my future. Jeremiah 29:11
Lord Jesus, You showed us that the closer I am to the Father the less I have to worry about or fear.
Fill me Your Spirit and help me keep my heart and mind focused on You no matter what is happening in my life knowing that Your grace is sufficient … Your power is always available to help me when I am weak. 2 Corinthians 12:9
And with Your help, I will spend time in Your presence meditating on Your Word. I will surrender my concerns to Your loving care and provision. I will trust Your will and follow where You lead. I will be still so You can strengthen me.
Thank you, Lord! You are my peace, my strength … my Savior. Amen.
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