READ | Hebrews 4:14-16
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 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.
Take a few deep breaths and slowly reflect back over the last week. Let it play back in your mind, day by day, like a home movie.
When did you feel weak? What situations made your shortcomings stand out, whether to yourself or others? In what ways were you tempted to sin? Did you get angry, or jealous, or impatient, or lustful, or prideful, or something else?
Without judging yourself, welcome Jesus into those moments, trusting that he understands exactly what you were going through.
Begin praying by turning verse 16 into a prayer: God, I come to your throne of grace with confidence—confidence in your Son, Jesus. Give me mercy and grace to help me in my time of need. And now, simply name to him the needs that you are facing today.
Before you begin, look up the definition of the word priest together and discuss it. Then read and lead them through the devotion step by step. Kids are quite capable! If you lead them through the steps above, they will surprise you with their deep thoughts and interactions with God.
Contributed by Rodger Otero, Associate Pastor
Parent Note by Angela Otero