PRAYER + PRAISE

The Lord Empathizes/Sympathizes with Our Struggles

  • Prayer + Praise //
  • Adam R. Cole // November 17, 2008

For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. —Hebrews 4:15-16

As followers of Christ, we have grown accustomed to and greatly practice the power of prayer, for indeed, when we make our requests known to God, if it is in His will, He will grant those requests, in His way and in His time.

One important thing to meditate on, as we consider this idea of prayer, is the process the our All-Powerful and Holy Lord goes through when He hears our requests. We hear in Hebrews that He sympathizes…with our weaknesses. Recall, too, how He wept when He heard the death of Lazarus and He wept over Jerusalem just after the triumphal entry (Luke 19:41), and He wept again right before heading to the cross, in the garden of Gethsemane.

Know this: Jesus feels our pain, our suffering, our worst moments, cries out for us, and if we come to Him, will restore us in our struggles and troubles.

Praise: That we worship a God that is caring and sympathizes with our troubles.

Prayer: That we indeed come boldly to throne and not be afraid to share our most intimate hurts.

Prayer for Today: Dear Lord – we thank You for another day. We thank You for being our Heavenly Father, one whom we can cry out to, one who will draw us near. We thank You for Your Son, Jesus, who bore no sin, yet carried with Him deep in His heart the sin of the world, and wept for that sin, and that became a sacrifice for that sin. We know that the sin, the troubles, the errors, the hurts have not faded even in that death…but we know we have hope…and a special ability to work through our weaknesses because of Your grace and mercy. We give everything to You, Lord. In Jesus Name. Amen