[Jesus continued,] "I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep."
— John 10:14-15 NLT
Jesus knows us. He knows our hearts. He knows our fears. He knows our temptations. He knows us inside and out. Any attempts to pretend would be in vain. We do not have to be afraid in his presence. We know he wants what is best for us. He demonstrated it by allowing himself to be born into our world and placed in a feed trough in a stable at Bethlehem. He made it clear by allowing himself to be arrested, mistreated, falsely tried, and then crucified on the cross at Golgotha.
Father, because of your love and because of Jesus, who is interceding for me now, I pour out to you my deepest concerns: ... I know you will hear my cries and minister to my needs. I do not mean to be selfish today, O God, but I do want to be honest in your presence knowing that I can come to you sincerely and receive your grace. Thank you for your immeasurable love, understanding, and assurance which are given to me at such a high price. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- John 2:23-25
- Hebrews 2:14-18
- 1 John 2:1-2
Other Devotionals from Heartlight for Sunday, July 17, 2022
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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