What Jesus Did! 'Eager for His Presence' — John 6:19-21

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

[The disciples] had rowed three or four miles when suddenly they saw Jesus walking on the water toward the boat. They were terrified, but he called out to them, "Don't be afraid. I am here!" Then they were eager to let him in the boat, and immediately they arrived at their destination!
— John 6:19-21 NLT

Key Thought

Sometimes we get so caught up in where we are going that we forget to take Jesus along with us. We try to do things ourselves rather than depending on him. Bottom line: If we don't welcome Jesus eagerly into the middle of our lives, especially in times of difficulty and struggle, we're not going to make it to the place where he wants us to go.

Today's Prayer

Please forgive me, dear Father, when I try to do things by myself and do not depend upon your grace, your Son's presence, and the Spirit's power. I recognize that outside of your grace and without Jesus' presence I will accomplish neither what I want to do nor achieve what you want me to accomplish. I pray and confess this in the name of Jesus my Lord. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 2 Samuel 24:1-14
  • John 15:4-5
  • Matthew 28:18-20


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Illustration of John 6:19-21 NLT — "Don't be afraid. I am here!"

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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