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Devotional Bible Study: I Am With You Always | Matthew 28:20.

Welcome to Day 17. for one of our short powerful devotions from the 31 Bible Verses About Practicing The Presence Of God. This short devotional is based on Matthew 28:20.

Read Matthew 28:20.

"Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

These words were spoken by Jesus to His disciples just before He ascended to heaven. Jesus had been with these men for 3 years. The disciples had been in the presence of Jesus constantly. They had seen many miracles and had witnessed Jesus being arrested, tried, crucified and now they were with Him just before He ascended to heaven.

I wonder how they were feeling?

Were they excited or scared?

Jesus commissions them to go and make disciples of all nations and then He makes the most astonishing claim. Jesus says to the disciples, " I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

Just imagine, these were the last words of Jesus to His disciples. They were given such an important task, that they obviously were successful at it because thousands of years later, here I am writing devotionals all about our precious Jesus and you are reading them because you have a heart's desire to know God and to be in His presence! That in itself is quite astounding.

This was the last message that Jesus had for His disciples. He told them to remember all that they had been taught and to go and find people that need to know the good news about Him.

This message is for you and me too. We need to join all the disciples of Jesus down through the centuries that have told the world about Him. We are commissioned to do the same too. We aren't just to tell people about Jesus but to also encourage them to practice His presence and to grow strong in their faith.

Join me for a short devotional below and we will discuss what Jesus meant when He said, " I am with you always even to the end of the age." Join me for our scripture prayer too at the bottom of this post.

Short Devotional: I Am Always With You

What did Jesus mean when He said, " I am with you always?

Have you ever wondered if God will always be there for you?

Jesus promised the disciples that He would be with them always. He would be with them through their trials and tribulations. He promised to be right there in the midst of them through their sorrows and their joys. There was nowhere that they could go to be away from His presence and that same promise reaches down through the centuries for you and me today!

Jesus promised to never leave us or forsake us and that promise stands for all of eternity, forever and ever. When our time on earth ends, it is only part of our life. Jesus has gone ahead of us to make a home for us in heaven. Our commission is to make our lives count while we are still here on earth. We need to live our lives as a reflection of the Lord's glory, one so bright that other people want to know the secret of our peace and instill in them a desire to want to know God too.

That is an exciting and scary commission to have but Jesus has promised to be with us always, even to the end of the age.

Do you know someone that needs to know the transforming love of Jesus?

Go share the good news with them and invite them to church.

Don't forget that we spend our whole lives growing in Jesus and strengthening our faith. Keep reading your Bible, meet with other Christians and encourage each other.

Use the following questions to help you unpack what God is saying to you through our verse today.

Today's devotional is based on Matthew 28:20 which is from our Practicing The Presence Of God: 31 Presence Of God Scriptures Plan. You will find a free printable PDF of 31 scriptures about God's presence in the Resource Library. It has a bible reading plan, guided prayer, and gratitude journal. Download this free printable or grab a notebook.

What is God saying to you through this verse?

What burdens do you need to surrender to God and trust Him with?

Write out your prayer request.

What are you grateful for today? Count your blessings!

Write out the scripture verse, it helps you to memorize the scripture and store up God's truth in your heart. Then in the last section of the prayer journal, there is space to record what God is speaking to you through our bible verse today, Matthew 28:20.

Scripture Prayer

We are called to pray without ceasing. That means we can talk with God at any time and in any place. This is a great way to practice the presence of God. Praying scripture is a powerful way to pray so join me in praying Matthew 28:20.

Thank you Father for Jesus. Thank you for Your great commission to go tell the world about You. Fill me with Your wisdom and strength to go do the work that You have planned for me to do. Place in my path the people that need to know You today. Give me Your words to speak over them, to encourage them. Thank you for Your promise that You will never, ever leave me. Amen.