April 13, 2015

John 17_11

John 17:1-11

Have you ever been unable to pray? Sometimes the difficulties of this life overwhelm us with fear and doubt. We are weakened by spiritual assaults and may begin to feel wounded and numb. We may be unable to find the words to express our feelings to God or be too angry or afraid to go to him in prayer. In these times of uncertainty, many Christians feel they have failed God and can never be forgiven, or worse yet, that God is unconcerned for them or no longer loves them.

Not so! All whom God has claimed as his own have a special place in his heart forever. What we feel toward him has no bearing on how he feels for us. Need proof? Read through the book of Psalms. Many psalms express anger and doubt in times of difficulty, but God is always faithful and loving to his people.

Our Lord loves unconditionally. He desires that we continually seek him in prayer, that we share with him even our darkest, most painful emotions. But even when we do not, God’s feelings for us remain unchanged; our Lord Jesus prays for us (John 17:9-11) and loves us still the same.

Prayer: Faithful God, thank you for loving us unconditionally and for praying for us when we feel unable to pray, through Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Paulette McHugh, Associate Pastor at
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lexington, SC.

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