Prayer Focus: Venezuela

Bible Reading: Hebrews 1-4

Scripture

Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, 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 sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are — yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Hebrews 2:18; 4:14-16)

Observation

There are two things which make the birth of Christ special. First, He came for the purpose of setting forth an example for us, dying for us, and resurrecting. Second, He came to experience life as we experience life—with temptation, weakness, and need.

Application

Jesus understands every challenge we face—really.

Prayer

Jesus, I was initially awed at your death and resurrection. The events of Passion week are an incredible demonstration of Your love for us. As I age, I am awed increasingly by the rest of the 33 years You spent on earth. Why did You stay so long? Why did You not stay longer? Did You need to enter our world to save us? I am so grateful that You became one of us and that You are with us always, understanding pain, joy, sorrow, grief, anger, love, and hope. I love You, LORD!

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