Beyond the Weekend

March 11 | Pray with Confidence

March 11, 2021

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:15-16

Read: Hebrews 4:15-16
Listen: 
Hebrews 4

TODAY’S MESSAGE

The author in Hebrews 4 tells his readers they have a new high priest. The high priest played a significant role in Judaism. He was the middleman between God and his people. He entered the Holy of Holies and offered sacrifices for sin on behalf of the people. He represented the people before God. The author of Hebrews wants his readers to understand that Jesus now fills that role.

Not only is Jesus our “high priest,” but he is uniquely able to empathize with us in our weakness. Jesus was human and experienced pain and suffering just like we do. He was betrayed by a close friend and rejected by the religious establishment. He expressed anger at the temple and grief over the death of a friend. His grief over dying was so great that he even sweated blood in the garden of Gethsemane.

God, through Jesus, knows what we are going through because he has gone through the same things. He has felt the same emotions and empathizes with us. He sees, hears, feels and knows what we are going through. Because of this, we can approach him with confidence, knowing he may not give us all we want but will give us what we need.

IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY

Approach God with confidence and tell him what you want him to do. Consider filling out and using this prayer today, “God, I am sick of ______. I am tired of _______. Would you please ______. I love and trust you. Amen.”


NEW TESTAMENT READING PLAN

Join us this year as we read through the New Testament.

Today’s reading is Luke 5.

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