Hey Students, to help us grow in our relationship with Jesus we are providing a weekly devo (devotional). This is week 7. As a reminder why we do this, many of us tend to struggle to find time every week to read the Bible and when we do think about it we struggle knowing where to start reading. It our hope that by putting up these weekly devo’s that it will help us get into God’s Word at least once during the week. It’s my prayer for you that in getting into a weekly habit then Jesus will awaken your heart to desire to be in the Bible more often.
Students, if you are reading some of the questions and they don’t make sense to you or you don’t know how to answer them, ask your parents for help. I would encourage you to bring your answers to Emerge (maybe in a journal) because your huddle group may go over them.
Take 20 minutes and follow these 4 simple steps:
Pray: Take a moment and look around you. Whether you’re in your room or your living room or in the bathroom…take a look around you and notice all the things that God has blessed you with (even if it is your toilette). We are entering into the Christmas season and we tend to get focused on what we want for Christmas and forget all that God has given us. Taks a moment and stop being busy and pray…thank God for all that he has blessed you with. Name some of the things you see by name to Him. Now, ask him to help you focus for the next 20 minutes are you get into the Bible.
Read: Mark 14:26-31, 66-72; John 20:15-19
Journal: This is the story of Peter’s denial of Jesus before Jesus died on the cross. Peter is one of Jesus’ closest friends. Answer the question below:
- Think about your relationship with Jesus. Where have you grown in your relationship with Jesus this year? What is different about your relationship with Jesus now compared to this time last year?
- Do you think Peter, in the story, had a good relationship with Jesus (re-read Mark 14:31)? Why do you think that?
- (re-read Mark 66-71) In these verses it explains how Peter denied Jesus three different times. Take a minute and write down what happened each time Peter denied Jesus.
- Why do you think Peter denied Jesus each time?
- Do you deny Jesus with the way you behave at school or at home? Why do you think you do that? (is it for the same reasons you think Peter did)
- Read John 21:15-19
- How many times does Jesus ask Peter, “do you love Me?”
- What is the last thing Peter says to Peter in v. 19?
These verses in John take place after Peter denies Jesus, after Jesus dies on the cross, and after Jesus is raised from the dead. Jesus forgives Peter for denying Him three times and reminds Peter to “follow me.” Jesus is saying the same thing to us. I forgive you for denying me yesterday. I want you to follow me today.
Pray: Ask Jesus to to forgive you for denying him with either the words you use or the way you behave. Ask Jesus to help you to be strong for Him today. Ask Jesus to give you one way that you can stand up for Him today either at school or at home.
*If you prayed that prayer I want to encourage you to keep you eyes open for Jesus to answer your prayer and be ready to make your choice to follow Jesus today.