11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience. 12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. 14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
· How does a living and penetrating word help you enter God’s rest? (hint think about our hearts and the previous few reflections)
· How does ‘who’ Jesus is and ‘where’ Jesus is help us ‘hold firmly to the faith you profess’?
· Consider that Jesus understands your weakness. Why does this give you confidence to ask for help in our times of need?
· God knows everyone of your thoughts, words, and actions. Is there anything you need to confess to him? Spend some time confessing these.
· Give thanks that Jesus is in heaven on your behalf and you can be confident of being forgiven by God.
· Ask God that he might help you turn to prayer quickly in your moments of need today.
· Write down prayer for help on a slip of paper or your phone (or something you can keep with you throughout the day). When you need help, are tempted, or are struggling with something, use this prayer.