Wednesday, April 2

Opening Prayer: Almighty God, Thank you for your Word. May the transforming power of your Word be at work in my life today and always. In the name of Jesus my Lord, Amen.

Read: Philippians 2:12-3:11

Prayer: for the church, for others, and for myself

Hymn: “Crown Him with Many Crowns”
Crown Him with many crowns,
The Lamb upon His throne.
Hark! how the heav’nly anthem drowns
All music but its own!
Awake, my soul, and sing
Of him who died for thee,
And hail Him as thy matchless King
Through all eternity.

Crown Him the Lord of Love!
Behold His hands and side-
Rich wounds, yet visible above,
In beauty glorified.
No angel in the sky
Can fully bear that sight,
But downward bens his wondering eyes
At mysteries so bright.

Crown Him the Lord of Life!
Who triumphed o’er the grave;
Who rose victorious to the strive
For those He came to save.
His glories now we sing
Who died and rose on high,
Who died eternal life to bring,
And lives that death may die.

Crown Him the Lord of Heav’n!
One with the Father known,
One with the Spirit thro’ Him giv’n
From yonder glorious throne.
To Thee be endless praise,
For Thou for us hast died.
Be Thou, O Lord, thro’ endless days
Adored and magnified!

Closing Prayer: The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen (Phil. 4:23)

Thursday, March 27

Opening Prayer: Holy God, thank you for your resurrected Son. Help us have a deeper understanding of the power and importance of Jesus’ resurrection in our day-to-day lives. In the Name of Your risen Son, Amen

Read: Luke 24:13-49

Prayer: for the church, for others, and for myself

Hymn: “Worship Christ, the Risen King”
Rise, O Church, and lift your voices;
Christ has conquered death and hell.
Sing as all the earth rejoices;
Resurrection anthems swell.
Come and worship, come and worship,
Worship Christ, the Risen King!

See the tomb where death had laid Him;
Empty now, its mouth declares:
“Death and I could not contain Him,
For the throne of life He shares.”
Come and worship, come and worship,
Worship Christ, the risen King!

We acclaim Your life, O Jesus;
Now we sing Your victory.
Sin and Hell may seek to seize us,
But Your conquest keeps us free.
Stand in triumph, stand in triumph;
Worship Christ, the risen King!

Closing Prayer: Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!…To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!…Amen (Rev. 5:12-14)

Wednesday, March 19

Opening Prayer: Almighty God, as I follow Your Son to the cross this week, give me a deeper understanding of Your love for me demonstrated through Christ, in whose name I pray. Amen.

Read: Matthew 26:47-75

Prayer: for the church, for others, and for myself

Hymn: “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded”
O sacred Head, now wounded,
With grief and shame weighed down,
Now scornfully surrounded
With thorns, thine only crown:
How pale thou art with anguish,
With sore abuse and scorn!
How does this visage languish
Which once was bright as morn!

What thou, my Lord, hast suffered
Was all for sinners’ gain;
Mine, mine was the transgression,
But thine the deadly pain.
Lo, here I fall, my Savior!
‘Tis I deserve thy place;
Look on me with thy favor,
Vouchsafe to me thy grace.

What language shall I borrow
To thank thee, dearest friend,
For this thy dying sorrow,
Thy pity without end?
O make me thine forever;
And should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never
Outlive thy love to thee. Amen.

Closing Prayer: “May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26, NLT).

Tuesday, March 18

Opening Prayer: Almighty God, as I follow Your Son to the cross this week, give me a deeper understanding of Your love for me demonstrated through Christ, in whose name I pray. Amen.

Read: Matthew 26:20-46

Prayer: for the church, for others, and for myself

Hymn: “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded”
O sacred Head, now wounded,
With grief and shame weighed down,
Now scornfully surrounded
With thorns, thine only crown:
How pale thou art with anguish,
With sore abuse and scorn!
How does this visage languish
Which once was bright as morn!

What thou, my Lord, hast suffered
Was all for sinners’ gain;
Mine, mine was the transgression,
But thine the deadly pain.
Lo, here I fall, my Savior!
‘Tis I deserve thy place;
Look on me with thy favor,
Vouchsafe to me thy grace.

What language shall I borrow
To thank thee, dearest friend,
For this thy dying sorrow,
Thy pity without end?
O make me thine forever;
And should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never
Outlive thy love to thee. Amen.

Closing Prayer: “May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26, NLT).

Wednesday, March 12

Opening Prayer: Almighty God, You give us the grace to take every step toward a deeper relationship with you. Thank you for being present with me to draw me closer to yourself today. Amen.

Read: From Uprising, By Erwin McManus
The divine transformation that God seeks to bring is nothing less and nothing more than making us truly human.  What it means to be human has become so foreign to us, and God’s original intent so lost to us, that we experience it as a new way to be human.  It is an actuality, a return to the authentic.  God literally turns us inside out.  When the box is opened, we find that God has transformed the contents.  There is a resonance between our actions and desires.  How we love becomes a genuine expression of what we care about.  We are no longer guided by laws, but by values.
    While religion works to restrain our actions from the outside in, God always works from the inside out.  Only this kind of change lasts.  Its sustaining power comes not only from the Spirit of God, but from your desire to become the person God dreams of.  Your motivation is not what others think of you, nor even the consequences of your actions if you choose another way, but your longing to have the image of God revealed in you.  You simply want to be a different person.

Reflect:
What does McManus say is the difference between religion and the way God works in people?  How do you experience the motivation from God’s Spirit, and from your own desire to be who God wants you to be?

Prayer: for the church, for others, and for myself

Hymn: “Breathe on Me, Breath of God”
Breath on me, breath of God;
Fill me with life anew,
That I may love what Thou dost love,
And do what Thou wouldst do.

Breath on me, breath of God,
Until my hear is pure,
Until with Thee I will one will,
To do and to endure.

Breath on me, breath of God,
Till I am wholly Thine,
Until this earthly part of me
Glows with Thy fire divine.

Breath on me, breath of God;
So shall I never die,
But live with Thee the perfect life
Of Thine eternity.
– Edwin Hatch

Closing Prayer: Now may the God of peace– who brought up form the dead our Lord Jesus…– may he equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen. (Heb 13:20-21 NLT)

Tuesday, March 11

Opening Prayer: Almighty God, You give us the grace to take every step toward a deeper relationship with you. Thank you for being present with me to draw me closer to yourself today. Amen.

Read: John 14:15-23
Reflect:
In this special time with his disciples, Jesus laid out his plan for their growth after he was to leave them. What does Jesus tell the disciples they must do? What does Jesus promise to do? In what way should love for Jesus motivate his disciples?

Prayer: for the church, for others, and for myself

Hymn: “Breathe on Me, Breath of God”
Breath on me, breath of God;
Fill me with life anew,
That I may love what Thou dost love,
And do what Thou wouldst do.

Breath on me, breath of God,
Until my hear is pure,
Until with Thee I will one will,
To do and to endure.

Breath on me, breath of God,
Till I am wholly Thine,
Until this earthly part of me
Glows with Thy fire divine.

Breath on me, breath of God;
So shall I never die,
But live with Thee the perfect life
Of Thine eternity.
– Edwin Hatch

Closing Prayer: Now may the God of peace– who brought up form the dead our Lord Jesus…– may he equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen. (Heb 13:20-21 NLT)