This is the free Student devotional for Do Over Session 3: A Love You Can Experience
Simply spend some time quietly sitting in God’s presence, pondering who He is without asking for anything.
Read Hebrews 4:14-16 in your Bible. As you read, look for the answer to this question: Why can we approach the throne of grace boldly?
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tested in every way as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at the proper time.
Here, “weaknesses” is the Greek word astheneia, meaning feebleness, moral frailty, or infirmity, any form of human failure. Why is it important that Jesus can sympathize with our weakness?
The verb translated “let us approach” should be understood as an ongoing action. Why is it important that we can repeatedly go to God’s throne with our needs?
“Mercy” is pardon for our many sins; “grace” is strength for the demands of God’s service. God gives us what we need to serve Him; we just have to ask. In what situations in your life do you most need mercy and grace today?
God doesn’t just show us mercy at salvation. He is continually showing us mercy because we continually sin.
Think about those situations in which you need God’s mercy and grace. Consider the things that are weighing heavily on you today. Are there things in your life you haven’t prayed about because they just don’t seem that important in the big scheme of things? Take those needs boldly before the throne of God today. Journal your prayer below.
Behind the Story
Hebrews 4:15 teaches us some valuable truths about Jesus.
1. He sympathizes with our weaknesses. When we stumble, He shows us compassion.
2. He has been tempted in every way. During His earthly life, Jesus had ample opportunity to sin, yet did not. He understands what we face.
3. He was without sin. Jesus didn’t succumb to temptation. Because He was sinless, He was the perfect Sacrifice who atoned for our sin.
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