Jesus always used stories to teach the people. But when Jesus and his followers were alone together, Jesus explained everything to them.
— Mark 4:34 NLT
While the parables were a mystery to some, Jesus made sure his closest followers knew what he meant when he spoke them. We, too, can ask for Jesus to make his truth clear to us. He has promised that the Holy Spirit would use the Word and make the necessary impact on our hearts. So when you open the Word, don't just go to read; go to offer yourself to the Lord. Ask that his Spirit help you understand what you need to know, convict you of where you have fallen short, and equip you to live the kind of life that shows others the character of Jesus.
Holy God, as I open your Word, as I seek to know Jesus, have the Holy Spirit penetrate my heart with your truth, open my eyes to my sins, and equip me to live the life of service that glorifies my Savior. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- Ephesians 6:17-18
- 2 Timothy 3:14-17
- Hebrews 4:12
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.