Prayer: Day

Day 12


Join us today as we read Day 12 of the YouVersion Prayer plan, then come back here and let’s talk about what we’re learning!

  • Hebrews 4:15 "….but one who has similarly been tested in every way…". What a great reminder that Jesus suffered like we suffer and he prayed like we pray. It's bringing us closer to Him, so we can "confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace in a timely help". Isn't that true….aren't we more likely to go those with similar experiences for guidance, support, and advice? The same thing goes for prayer….let us go to Him, who experienced many trials in his life to get through our trials.

  • smallstillvoices

    " Son that he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered"

    How amazing and honest is that?? Jesus suffered. He wasn't without pain or hardships in his time on earth, but he didn't use those times to condemn God or to become angry at him.
    He learned OBEDIENCE from his suffering.
    How humbling is that??

    He knew his pain would serve a purpose, a meaning, a footstep in God's ultimate plan. He knew that the pain he was enduring was mirrored by God's suffering, as a father watching his child hurt. He knew that if he had to endure it, there was a GOOD reason and that at the end of it, God would be glorified and the people would see and come to know Him.

    How would things change if we looked at our own suffering in this light?


  • "This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faces all of the same testings we do… so let us come boldly to the throne of our fracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most." I can not do everything on my own. Why do I see asking for help or admitting my weaknesses as a bigger sign of weakness? It isn't. He is wanting me to come to Him in those moments of weakness and despair. When things are spiraling out of my control, Go. To. Him. He will give me mercy and grace.____"…he offered prayers and pleadings with a loud cry + tears, to the one who could resue him…. he learned obedience from the things he suffered…" I need to use my sufferings as ways to become more obedient, not look to earthly things for comfort. Cry. Out. To. Him.

  • Lately, God has revealed a struggle of mine that I was honestly unaware that I had until recently. I've never gone through anything too terrible in my life that I couldn't just "handle on my own." And I think because of this, I have this constant hold on everything in my life. I'm trying to let go of that control and give it to God, but it is very hard for me. I don't know how to fully trust God, because in the past I've just done it on my own. But lately, I've realized that I'm falling apart because of it. I'm asking God for direction of how to do this, but I feel like I have no clue how to even begin!

    • smallstillvoices

      Thanks for sharing Marlee! Just ask God how to begin, and wait in silence for Him to answer. Know he will be with you each step, even if you fall.
      I am on a journey myself and when I get stuck, I just breathe, pray, and wait for Him to take over. We can't do it all ourselves and God loves helping us through. Prayers for you sister in your journey!

  • "…so that we can receive mercy and find grace when we need help."

    Personally, I'm proud to be a very self-sufficient and independent person. I don't like asking for help because I think it makes me look weak. I've definitely gotten a lot better than I used to be, but I know it's a big part of my spiritual life and my relationships that I'm working on. This part of Hebrews 4:16 is a wonderful reminder to me, that when I need help and when I ASK for help, there I'll receive mercy and find grace, not when I try to do everything on my own.

    • Jen

      I hate asking for help too! It's slow going, but we'll get there! :)

    • Kim B.

      Me too Kira!! When Jeff & I needed help during our trial it was SO HARD to ask for it, but I knew God was humbling us & that we had to get over ourselves & our pride & ask for help. I also LOVED Hebrews 5:7 where it stated that Jesus Himself offered up prayers & petitions with fervent cries & tears!! Wow!! How did I ever miss that?! Jesus DOES understand my gut wrenching prayers as He Himself has prayed those prayers. LOVED that!!

  • meganrae1988

    Submission= swift obedience with a joyful heart… {as in doing it immediately without complaining…)

  • 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 4:16

    I took this as God inviting us to to him. Christ went through all earthly temptations and suffered to become the high priest, our connection to God.

  • Hi Nacy. My heart and prayers go out to you this morning Many people in my family suffer from depression and bipolar disorder (some of which I believe have not been diagnosed). I have suffered fairly severe depression at different times in my life and I am in constant prayer for my children on this topic as there are people on both mine and my husband's sides of the family who suffer some form of depression. You are on the right track. I believe God will honor your faith and heal you!
    What spoke to me about today's reading is that because Jesus was human, he understands my weaknesses and through Him I can come boldly to the throne of God with any request. And that while on earth, Jesus shed tears and pleaded with God just as I do, and because of his deep reverance for God, God heard his prayers, and Jesus learned obedience through his suffering. Through my reverance for God and through my relationship with His one and only son, He will hear my prayers also and I will learn obedience through my sufferings. Once again, another example of His mercy and grace and power through my weakness!

  • Nancy,
    I am so thankful you know the Lord. You have hope in Him! And as Ashley said, keep calling out to Him.

    I read that part about Jesus learning obedience from his suffering and was comforted in my situation. My husband is about to be deployed to Afgahnistan, leaving me and our ten month old daughter along for 8 months. This passage really shifted (well, is shifting!) my thoughts. Honestly I have been feeling a bit sorry for myself, scared to be alone, and scared of being lonely! I am praying the Lord will teach me obedience through this. I’m not sure what it will look like, in what areas I will learn obedience… maybe just practicing daily to sit with the Lord and listen to his voice. Maybe praying without ceasing, because I am not alone! :) The other alternative to the situation- not clinging to the Lord- scares me even more than my husband leaving.

  • nancy10272004

    Hebrews 4:16 "Let us approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."

    Hebrews 6:8: : … he learned obedience from what he suffered."

    Sorry to start the day on such a down note but I am in a time of need and looking for mercy and grace.

    How much suffering is too much suffering for one person? I'm not the Son of God and I don't have infinite wisdom, love or patience.

    I have bipolar disorder and I'm going through a depressive episode right now and it's hard. It's hard to understand why I can't control my emotions. It's hard to get through work without crying. Why do I wake up in the morning in a depression that is so deep that I count the minutes to the end of my day so I can take a drug that dopes me up so much that all I can do is sleep but helps even out my emotions.

    I'm just so tired of being like this. It's exhausting. It makes my head hurt. It makes my body ache. Why do I have this disease? My psychiatrist and pastor don't even have answers for this.

    Dear Lord, what are you trying to teach me by making me suffer? How much do you expect me to deal with? How is this helping anyone? After 40-something years, I have to wonder if there is a lesson here.

    To paraphrase some sentiments from Psalm 40, why don't you help me out of this slimy pit? Why do you seem to withhold your mercy from me? Troubles without number surround me. Be pleased to save me, Lord, come quickly, Lord, to save me. You are my help and my deliverer; you are my God, do not delay?"

    Why do you delay?

    • Ashley

      My mother also suffers from bipolar disorder. I've seen her at rock bottom one too many times and it is heartbreaking. There are many times neither one of us understands the purpose behind the disorder.

      But I do believe that God will never put you through more than what you can handle. And I know for a fact that my mother's faith would not be as great if it weren't for the disorder. She is constantly calling out to God in her weakness. She knows she can't do it on her own.

      I'm sorry for your pain. Keep calling out to God. He hears your cries.

    • Kira

      "Because we don't have a high priest who can't sympathize with our weaknesses."

      I can't imagine how hard it is to be going through what you're going through. As a chaplain at a children's hospital, I hear families ask, "Why?" all day long, but something I recently read encouraged us not to ask, "Why?" but to ask, "What next?" I encourage you to continue to pray the psalms and cry out to God and to look for God's presence in other places in your life.


    • Jen

      Praying for you! I don't have bi-polar disorder, but I did go through nearly two years of depression so my heart goes out to you. You're going to come out the other side of this (and that is a WHEN not an IF, mind you :)) so much stronger. *hugs*

    • smallstillvoices

      Hey Nancy,

      I understand your pain more than I wish I did. I run a blog for christian woman and just wrote on something very similar. I'd love for you to go read it. I learned the hard way, through almost a decade of heartache and crippling depression, that God wasn't done with me, and even those times that I thought I was alone, He was there hurting with me.

      I will pray for your healing sister <3

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