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The LORD guides me along right paths for his name’s sake;
Your kingdom come, your will be done in me.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
Begin your devotional time with a moment of silent prayer. Thank the LORD for a new day and new mercies. Let your prayer time flow naturally - this is your time with Jesus after all.
Read Psalm 32:5. Practice confession practice the art of confession.
I confess to almighty God, and to you, my brothers and sisters,
that I have sinned through my own fault,
in my thoughts and in my words,
in what I have done, and in what I have failed to do;
and I plead the blood of Jesus for my forgiveness.
Take time to confess to God or to others either out loud, in a prayer journal, or in silent prayer. If someone speaks a confession out loud to you, listen patiently and assure them of Christ’s forgiveness. Conclude by speaking the truth of forgiveness:
LORD Jesus, through your cross you have forgiven us, and we have new life in you.
Share prayer concerns and pray for others.
Share a word of thanks as an offering to God.
Read Isaiah 53:1-5. With a group or on your own, reflect on the scripture texts provided using the following questions:
1. What do you like? Why?
2. What do you dislike? Why?
3. What is confusing or strange?
4. What do you learn about God?
5. How will you live differently in response to this scripture?
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your Name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, now and for ever. Amen.
Let the words of our mouths and the meditation of our hearts be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, our rock and our redeemer (Ps 19:14). Amen.
SONG FOR REFLECTION
Jesus had journeyed to Jerusalem knowing full well the end that was ahead. During that last week, he spoke and acted with no less determination than he had on the journey leading to that place. Jesus knew full well what his mercy and grace would cost him...from the very beginning.
Memorize and reflect upon the meaning of this verse to commit to heart.
"Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me."
- Matthew 10:38
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