Daily Bible Reading “Jesus Goes to Gethsemane to Pray” (Matthew 26:31-45)

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Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Matthew 26:31-45. In this Scripture, Jesus tells the disciples they’ll all be offended. What does He mean by saying they’ll be “offended”? The word “offended” means to cause one to distrust and desert one who he ought to trust and obey. Then, Jesus quotes them Zechariah 13:7:  “I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.”

Jesus instructs them that when He has risen again, He’ll meet them in Galilee. Peter says to Jesus, “Even though all men will be offended by Him, he won’t be offended by Jesus.”

Jesus warns Peter that he would deny Him three times that very night before morning comes. Peter and all the disciples still claim they may die with Jesus, but they won’t deny Him.

When Jesus and the disciples arrive at Gethsemane, Jesus tells the disciples to sit and wait for Him, while He goes to pray.

He took Peter, and James and John, the two sons of Zebedee. Jesus told them He was very sorrowful, even unto death and asked them to stay with Him and keep watch.

Then Jesus went a little bit farther and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” Can you imagine the agony Jesus must have felt, knowing what was about to happen to Him?

Jesus came back to the disciples and found them sleeping. He rebuked them saying, “Couldn’t you watch with me for one hour?” Jesus reminds them to watch and pray, so they wouldn’t be tempted because the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. This is good advice for us today because it is our flesh we still have to deal with as long as we live.

Jesus went away and prayed the same prayer two more times, and both times He returned and found the disciples sleeping.

Finally, He tells them, “Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.”


Daily Bible Scripture:

Matthew 26:31-45

31 Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad.
32 But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.
33 Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended.
34 Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.
35 Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples.
36 Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.
37 And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.
38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.
39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
40 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?
41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.
43 And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy.
44 And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
45 Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.

Things to Think About:

  • Why did Jesus say they would be offended?
  • What did Jesus tell Peter when he said he wouldn’t be offended?
  • Can you imagine the distress Jesus must have been under knowing what was about to take place?
  • Why were the disciples sleeping?
  • Have you put your faith and trust in God?


Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we read this Scripture of Jesus praying in Gethsemane, we can see that this was not an easy thing for Jesus to do, but He submitted to Your will. Help us to do as Jesus told the disciples to do, watch and pray. You know we need Your help because the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. Just as Jesus put all His faith and trust in You, help us to have faith that You will work everything out. In Jesus’ name, we pray. We love You, LORD. Amen.

Scripture for Bible Journaling or Memorization:

Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.- Matthew 26:41

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Daily Bible Reading “What Is Love” (1 Corinthians 13:1-13)

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Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 1 Corinthians 13:1-13. In this Scripture Paul tells us love is superior to the other gifts of the Spirit. In the King James Version of the Bible, the word “love” is replaced with the word “charity,” which is a giving kind of love. It means affection, good will, love, benevolence, or brotherly love.

We use the word love to express our deepest feelings and emotions. We also use the word love when we like something very much. We describe God’s love to us and our love to one another all with the same word. There are different degrees of love.

The Scripture says, we can have all the gifts of the Spirit and not have love, and we can have enough faith to move mountains, but not have love, and we are nothing.

We can give everything we have to the poor and even sacrifice our bodies to the Lord and not have love, and it will profit us nothing.

We all need to memorize 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, and when we have moments of being impatient or unkind to those we love; we need to remind ourselves of what true love is. Are we patient and kind to those we love the most?

Paul says when he was a child, he acted like a child, but when he became a man he put away childish things.

How many times do we act childish or selfish with the ones we love? One day we will meet God face to face and have to give an account to Him for our actions toward others. 1 Corinthians 13:13 tells us, “Now abide faith, hope, and love, but the greatest of these is love.”

 

Daily Bible Reading:

1 Corinthians 13:1-13, NKJV

1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.
2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;
5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;
6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;
7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.
9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

 

Things to think about:

  • After reading this Scripture how has your definition of love changed?
  • Which does this Scripture say is the greatest faith, hope and love? Why?
  • For whom is it easier to do acts of kindness: friends, strangers, your family, or your church members?
  • How can we show this kind of Christian love to others?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear God,

Thank You for this Scripture which tells us what love is. Help us to show this kind of love to the people who are in our lives. Help us to be patient and kind and to practice all the traits that are listed in this Scripture that tells us how love should act. We all fail at showing love so many times in our lives; please forgive us. Help us to be more loving and kind, because we can’t do this on our own, but only with Your help. In Jesus’ name, we pray. We love You, LORD. Amen.

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Daily Bible Reading “Give Thanks to God for You” (1 Thessalonians 1:1-10)

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Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10. Our feature verse is 1 Thessalonians 1:2, “We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers.”

In this lesson we’re going to look at 1 Thessalonians 1. This is a letter from Paul, Silvanus and Timothy, to the church of the Thessalonians. Paul starts the letter like most of his others saying grace and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Paul says he gives thanks to God for them always in his prayers. Why is Paul thankful for them? In verse 3 Paul tells them he is thankful for them because of their work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in Christ. Paul acknowledges that they not only accepted the Word of God he preached to them, but they also received the power of the Holy Spirit.

Paul talks about how the Thessalonians were an example to all believers in Macedonia and Achaia, and to every place their faith in God was spread. We need to give thanks to God for our fellow believers whether they are fellow church members or friends.

Then in verse 10, Paul talks about them waiting for the return of Jesus, if they were waiting way back then, how much more should we be anxiously awaiting Christ’s return for us today.


Daily Bible Reading:

1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

1 Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers;
3 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;
4 Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.
5 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.
6 And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:
7 So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.
8 For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing.
9 For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God;
10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, [even] Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

Things to think about:

  • Why is Paul thankful for the Thessalonians?
  • How can we compare our church to the Thessalonians?
  • Are you an example good to those around you?


Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

We thank You for Your grace toward us. You knew that in our human state there was no way we could keep the law. Thank You for Your Son, whom You raised from the dead, and delivered us from the wrath to come. Help us to be faithful to You. Thank You for the love and the hope we have in Christ. We love You, LORD. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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