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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, February 21, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
Jesus mediates between God and us. As humanity’s representative, he intercedes for us before God. As God’s representative, he assures us of God’s forgiveness. Christ is always at God’s right hand, interceding for us. He is always available to hear us when we pray.
Jesus is like us because he experienced a full range of temptations throughout his life as a human being. We can be comforted knowing that Jesus faced temptation—he can sympathize with us. We can be encouraged knowing that Jesus faced temptation without giving in to sin. He shows us that we do not have to sin when facing the seductive lure of temptation. Jesus is the only perfect human being who has ever lived.
Prayer is our approach to God, and we are to come “boldly.” Some Christians approach God meekly with heads hung low, afraid to ask him to meet their needs. Others pray flippantly, giving little thought to what they say. Come with reverence because he is your King. But also come with bold assurance because he is your Friend and Counselor. (NLT)
Hebrews 4:14-16 – That is why we have a great High Priest who has gone to heaven, Jesus the Son of God. Let us cling to him and never stop trusting him. This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same temptations we do, yet did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it.
Here is a portion of Brenda Alford’s (Florida) story:
“. . . I considered the ways I deny Christ by my actions or words – the times I fall asleep when I pray, the times I fail to see God in my daily life. I identified with the doubts and fears of the disciples, and I certainly identified with Christ’s cry of abandonment on the cross.
“. . . But because of his humanity Christ understands and helps me when I experience pain, suffering, doubt, or feelings of abandonment. Christ is with me to help me endure my own trials. How grateful I am that we serve a risen Savior who has walked where we walk and who continues to walk with us today!”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Christ understands and will help me with my weaknesses.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of your son. Thank you for empathizing with our weaknesses and helping us work through them as you live in us and walk with us. Amen.
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