21 Days of Prayer and Fasting: Day 20, John 20 and Psalm 20

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Read: John 20, Psalm 20

Who: Who wrote this book? Who did they write it to? What was their reason for writing?

What: What does this passage say about God, me, and my relationship with him?

26 Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were locked; but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!” 28 “My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed. 29 Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.” John 20:26-29 (NLT)

God meets us where we are. Even though Thomas had walked with Jesus, been witness to his miracles, and sat under his teaching, he still had doubts about Jesus’ resurrection. Jesus didn’t write him off because of his doubt. Instead, he made himself available to him.

Jesus met Thomas right where he was.

Although Thomas had seen who Jesus was time and again through his miracles and teachings, Jesus didn’t say, “Wow, you still doubt me? What is the matter with you, Thomas?!?!?” Rather, Jesus came close to Thomas, showed him his wounds, and replaced his doubt with belief.

God understands our doubts, and he loves us enough to show us who he is again and again.

Why: Why is the truth important?
Sometimes, we need to be able to work through our doubts instead of pretending they don’t exist or running from them.
God can handle our doubts.
How: How would my life, character and perspective be different if I truly believed this truth?
It gives me peace to know I don’t have to be perfect in my faith. It also allows me to develop a deeper faith as I address my doubts by looking to God’s word.
Just as Thomas could touch Jesus’ wounds, I can experience the truth of who God is as he reveals himself to me in his word.

Prayer:

God, thank you for continually revealing yourself to me as I work through my doubts. I love that you are bigger than I can fully comprehend. Help me to faithfully seek you in all of your complexity. You are an amazing God, and I love you.

Amen

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