“When I was a teenager, I often felt inadequate and unprepared for the challenges that faced me. I was unsure about how to conduct personal relationships, how to manage my academic career, and how to get along with my family. There were ethical and moral questions too. I had a sense of right and wrong that many of my friends did not share. The pressure to compromise my values was a force that had to be dealt with.
It would have been a great relief to have had a close friend or an older brother to counsel and support me during those difficult years. I needed someone who understood what my troubles were, someone who had experienced the same things and had faced the challenges successfully, someone who had the ability to help me out of difficult situations.”
1. Does the author of the above quote remind you of anyone you know? How common are his situation and feelings?
3. Does God understand the problems that face young people today?
Evidence from scripture
1. What does this scripture tell us about Christ’s experiences on earth? Does He have a sympathetic attitude toward young people today?
2. Do you think that He has first-hand experience in overcoming the problems of growing-up — even in this age? Did He successfully deal with His troubles? Does He know how to help you? Why do you think so?
3. What does this scripture tell us to do when we need help?
Comment: When we are in a tough spot, when we don’t know what to do next, the Bible tells us that we are able to ask God for help. We can do this confidently. We have the right to come boldly before God to ask for forgiveness, advice and support which is not available anywhere else.
4. How do you think we “come unto the throne of grace”?
Esther 4:16 “Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!”
In ancient kingdoms, access to petition the king was a seldom-granted privilege. Even the Queen would risk of her life if she came into the king’s throne room without his permission. Queen Esther came into the presence of the King of Persia not knowing if she would survive the encounter. Fortunately, she was not put to death for her presumptuous intrusion.
5. In what ways is our appearance before Gods’ throne different from Esther’s planned appearance before the king of Persia?
6. When we pray to God, what should we say?