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Tuesday, May 1, Devotion

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 Devotion

“You are doing the deeds of your father.” They said to Him, “We were not born of fornication; we have one Father: God.”  (John 8:41)

Ah, when we do not like something, accuse the one who has confronted us with something distasteful.  Mary was with child before she married Joseph.  Therefore (not knowing of the immaculate conception) they discounted that Jesus was anyone to listen to.  But they bore false witness by proclaiming that they worship God, when God in the flesh was standing before them telling them that they had a problem.

Lord, I too do not like being confronted, but help me receive what is right and true.  Help me not deflect the truth, nor deny what I need to know just because I do not like it.  Help me receive what You would have me know, live according to Your Word, and truly be of God the Father in and through all things.

Lord, lead me in the truth this day that I may live according to Your never-changing Word, our guide to life. Through me, let truth come forth that I may be a witness of the truth that You have miraculously shown up in this world.  May others be blessed through me this day.  Amen.

Monday, April 30, 2012 Devotion

Monday, April 30, 2012 Devotion

“But as it is, you are seeking to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth, which I heard from God; this Abraham did not do.“  (John 8:40)

We do not like the truth.  We often want to get it out of our way, deny it, or get rid of it.  But the truth is what it is and it is best that we seek to begin with the truth.  Whether or not we like something is really neither here or there.  It is what we are encountering in the moment.  The Lord teaches us to deal with reality, doing what needs to be done.

Lord, help me to be diligent today that I may be faithful in carrying out what You would have me do.  Help me see and live in the truth, knowing that only there will I find freedom.  Guide me to where I no longer hide from what is, but live in each and every moment as truthfully as I am able.  Guide me to where I am always able to live in the truth.

Thank You Jesus for confronting each of us in the truth.  Through the truth You have come to bring, guide me this day that I may live as Your disciple.  Guard my lips, that I would speak only those things which are pleasing to the Father.  Help me live out faithfully all that should be done this day to the Father’s glory.  Amen. 

Sunday, April 29, 2012 Devotion

Sunday, April 29, 2012 Devotion

“They answered and said to Him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you are Abraham’s children, do the deeds of Abraham.”  (John 8:39)

To whom do you belong?  We all have and seek identity and find a place of belonging.  If we belong to anyone other than the Lord, we belong to the created and not the Creator.  The identity of Abraham is more than words, but, as Jesus says here, actions.  If you say you are Christian, then act like one.

Lord, I often say one think and do another.  Help me, I pray to put my words into action.  If I say I believe, then help me to believe.  Grant that I would do those things I know to be right.  Help me to overcome my unwillingness, in order to become willing to be the person I say I am.  Help me truly be Your disciple.

Thank You Lord Jesus for speaking the truth and standing firm and not wavering.  Help me to be like You today, knowing that it is the truth alone that will set us free.  Through the power of the Holy Spirit, guide my decisions that they may be wholesome and true.  May all I do point to my being Your follower today.  Amen.

 

Saturday, April 28, 2012 Devotion

Saturday, April 28, 2012 Devotion

“I speak the things which I have seen with My Father; therefore you also do the things which you heard from your father.”  (John 8:38)

Jesus is an eye witness of the things of the Father.  You and I are hearing first hand what God is saying and doing.  Do we want to listen to a second-hand account when we have the first-hand account?  We can listen to the Lord, or we can listen to the devil.  There is the real drawing line between heaven and hell.

Lord, I live in a deceitful, hate-filled world.  You know that, for You came and experienced the same hatred that fill this world.  Help me to have ears that discern, understanding You above the noise of this age.  Help to hear and then obey Your direction as You lead me through this age, preparing me for the age to come.

Thank You Lord Jesus for coming to the mess of this world that we might have the opportunity to follow You out of the mess into Your light.  Use me today, as You also prepare me for what is to come, that I may live into the life You have prepared for those who follow You.  Keep me in Your truth and life as a faithful witness of Your light shining in the darkness.  Amen.

 

Friday, April 27, 2012 Devotion

Friday, April 27, 2012 Devotion

“I know that you are Abraham’s descendants; yet you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you.”  (John 8:37)

The devil convinces us to hate the truth.  Jesus knows who we are, but we will not see who He is.  It is the same in our time.  There are those who will argue against anyone who mentions His name.   There are those who would destroy Jesus, but this never has been possible.  Behind this is the sinful and even evil inclination to destroy ourselves.  Jesus has come to rescue us from sin, death and the devil.

Lord, daily, the devil tells me to ignore You and make You go away.  Help me to listen to You, for You have told me that the sheep know Your voice and will listen.  In the turmoil of this world, lead me into the place where my faith is in You alone whose Word endures forever.  Grant a strong faith that I may accomplish this hope of salvation.

Thank You Jesus for always standing up against the hatred of each age that seeks to destroy You.  Help me in this time to be amongst the faithful, that I would proclaim with me life those things which are right and true.  Help me, I pray to stand firm and be a witness this day of Your never-failing love which sustains the world.  Amen.

 

Thursday, April 26, 2012 Devotion

Thursday, April 26, 2012 Devotion

“So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.”  (John 8:36)

Freedom is not the ability to do as you please, it is living in reality and doing what is right.  Being free in Christ is living with Him at the helm and doing as He instructs to lead the believer to the place they belong.  Christ came to set us free from sin and death in order to join us with Him for eternity.

Lord, help me to move beyond this idea that freedom is doing as I please to see that doing what is right, obedience, is the key to liberty.  Grant that I would grow in true and godly liberty in order to become who You have created me to be.  Help me daily to strive for that place where I belong in the ultimate freedom You have come to give.

Help me exercise true freedom by Your direction Holy Spirit.  Grant that in that freedom, I would exercise godly wisdom and constraint in order to do those things that are pleasing to the father.  Help me this day be the person You have created me to be, doing all that I do to the glory of the Father.  Amen.

 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 Devotion

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 Devotion

“The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever.”  (John 8:35)

 The One who has always been offers from His eternal glory a promise of permanence.  We are invited into His glory, leaving behind the temporary, mortal reality of this world.  He further tells us that this world will pass, but His domain abides forever.  If you unite with the eternal, He will make you eternal with Him.

Lord, help me see that as I cling to this world’s ways, I am clinging to that which is temporary.  Help me invest in what will not perish, knowing that You have given the offer to lead me from a world of sin to the place of perfection.  Help me live, day by day, toward the promise You give to all who will believe.

Thank You Lord Jesus for making the way known for all who will to follow.  Grant today that I would live a faithful and faith-filled life, growing in Your knowledge.  Use my growth as a witness of Your presence in me that others may know the truth You have come to bring.  Guide me this day to live faithfully.  Amen.

 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 Devotion

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 Devotion

“Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin.”  (John 8:34)

Sin is the worst kind of addiction.  We do it without even thinking.  It is just a part of who we are.  We think in terms of sin.  Jesus has come to set us free, but it is not some kind of instantaneous thing.  It is a process by which the sin is eradicated from us by grace.  Yes, we are slaves to sin.  Jesus has come to set the captives free.

Lord, help me to not buy into the lie that I still do not have sin issues.  Grant that I would follow You and accept the confrontation when You work on my sin issues.  Free me today and every day from the tangle that sin has caused in my life that I may live into the freedom You are preparing for all who believe in You.

Thank You Lord Jesus for coming to rescue as many as would believe that we would join You in the quest toward the sin-free life.  Knowing we will not be there until You come in glory, none-the-less, help me to live into the life You hold before us all today, that I may be a witness of Your promise for others.  Amen.

 

Monday, April 23, 2012 Devotion

Monday, April 23, 2012 Devotion

“They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, ‘You will become free’?”  (John 8:33)

We are not enslaved?  Debt, obligations, duty and all those things that are a part of our daily life.  We do not think about the things that guide our daily living, let alone the overall truth of being confined because of sin.  Jesus came into the world to save, knowing that all are trapped.  Yet, our first response is to claim we are not trapped.

Lord, help me see the ways that I am trapped by sin in this world.  Help me see the truth.  Help me to follow you and live according to your teaching, that I may not claim I am bondage, but will, in fact, see the bondage that I am in.  Guide me into Your truth that I may live freely.

Thank You Lord Jesus for coming and showing the truth.  Help me not react to what I see with denial, but instead, to see it and follow You as You lead me through whatever today will bring.  Grant that I would show others, through faith, the truth that You have come to set us free.  May that truth be evident in my life today.  Amen.

 

 

April 29 Prayers

  • April 22, 2012 - 10:45 pm
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PRAYER OF THE CHURCH, Fourth Sunday of Easter (April 29, 2012)

A ministry of the Lutheran Coalition for Renewal

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A         Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all people according to their needs.

A brief silence

A         Lord Jesus, you are the Good Shepherd. Defend the Church from peril, provide for its needs, lead it in paths of righteousness and holiness. Through its ministry, lead many to hear your voice and follow you. Bless pastors and bishops, and make them faithful assistant shepherds for your flock. Lord, in your mercy,

C         hear our prayer.

A         You are the Gate of your sheep. Protect all people from false shepherds, from rulers who care nothing for their welfare, and from all the threatening dangers of this world. Bring peace in places of violence, rich pasture in places of poverty, and true righteousness in places of injustice. Lord, in your mercy,

C         hear our prayer.

A         You are the Good Shepherd of this congregation. Lead us with your Word, prepare our table with your Body and Blood, teach us to do your will with glad and faithful hearts, and use us to lead many into your safe keeping. Keep in your special care our middle schoolers, so they may always hear and heed your voice above the noises and distractions that beset them. Lord, in your mercy,

C         hear our prayer.

A         You are the Faithful Shepherd for all your people who are set upon by wolves and persecutors. Protect, guide, and bless them; and give them such grace under pressure that their enemies’ hearts may repent of evil deeds. We pray also for our sister congregations, {names}; our companion synods/dioceses in {places}; and {people/other}. Lord, in your mercy,

C         hear our prayer.

A         Lord Jesus, you are the Rod and Staff of all who stand in harm’s way on behalf of others, especially {LIST}. Guide, protect, and strengthen them. Prosper all their works that make for peace, safety and justice; and bring them home safely and soon. Lord, in your mercy,

C         hear our prayer.

A         You lead us through dark valleys shadowed by suffering. Be the strong Guide and sure comfort of all who call upon you, especially: {list/prayer cards/petitions}. Fill them with your abundant life, keep them steadfast in faith, and strengthen and bless all who care for them. Lord, in your mercy,

C         hear our prayer.

A         Lord Jesus, you prepare a place for us even in the presence of our last enemy, death itself. We thank you for leading safely home all those who listened to your voice in this earthly life, especially {LIST}. Keep us close to your side, and lead us to that place where we shall dwell with you and all the redeemed and feast at your heavenly Table forever. Lord, in your mercy,

C         hear our prayer.

P          Into your hands, merciful Father, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy; for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayers composed by Pr. Cathy Ammlung

These are not copyrighted, and we encourage you to adapt them to your situation and customs. Comments and suggestions are welcome.

If you want to help with this project, please contact Pr. Steve Shipman at prsteveshipman@gmail.com. There is no compensation except appreciation and a retirement plan that is out of this world.

Some suggestions: it may be helpful in certain congregations to give worshippers the opportunity to voice requests. It is also good to provide a time of silence for their specific concerns.

It is good to include in the remembrance of the faithful departed any memorialized by altar flowers, etc.

You may want to include a petition recognizing any milestones during the week (birth, baptismal, wedding anniversaries, etc.). This would include those honored by altar flowers or in a similar manner.