What Jesus Did! 'I Will Not Abandon You!' — John 14:18-20

Thursday, September 27, 2018

"I will not leave you all alone like children without parents. I will come back to you. In a very short time the people in the world will not see me any more. But you will see me. You will live because I live. On that day you will know that I am in the Father. You will know that you are in me and I am in you."
— John 14:18-20 NLT
Illustration of John 14:18-20 NLT —  You will know that you are in me and I am in you.

Key Thought

Jesus' return to the Father is essential. He is going to prepare a place for us. He is at the Father's side to intercede for us. However, just because he has gone to the Father's side does not mean that he has abandoned us. Jesus sends the Holy Spirit to be God's presence inside us. We are not alone. Far from it! We have the abiding reminder of Jesus' victory over death and his ascension to heaven with power—the Holy Spirit in us!

Today's Prayer

Your grace, dear heavenly Father, is really beyond my comprehension to fully grasp. I know even now, as I pray, your grace makes my prayer significant because the Holy Spirit intercedes for me according to your will. Father, when I find myself in difficult times, I confess that I sometimes try to rely too much on what I can do because I get to feeling like no one is there helping me. Please, dear Father, don't just forgive me, but remind me of your abiding presence in me through the Holy Spirit. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Acts 1:6-8
  • 1 John 2:24-29
  • 1 John 3:24


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.