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Friday, March 1, 2013 Devotion

“As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.  For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth.”  (John 17:18, 19)

We have this word, sanctify, that is to purify, make holy, or set apart for sacred use, to consecrate.  Jesus wants us to be set apart from this world’s evil in order to be a holy people before a holy God.  We are to be set apart in truth, that is, to purify ourselves from all the unholiness this world promotes.  Be holy as Christ is holy.

Lord, there is a lot of garbage in this world that I take in daily.  Help me, I pray, to be on the journey of becoming holy even as you are holy.  Give me eyes to see the unholiness that I may focus on what is right and good in the Father’s sight.  Sanctify me in truth that I may remain in the truth and be free from the bondage of this world’s lies.

Thank You Lord Jesus for leading the way.  You must do this today, for I cannot.  Help me lean wholly upon You, knowing that You alone can lead me on the path of sanctification.  Let me speak and act upon Your Word this day, knowing that You alone are able to lead me through all of the things this world will toss my way.  Grant that I would be faithful to the calling You have given me, doing that which is well-pleasing in Your sight.  Amen.

Thursday, February 28, 2013, Devotion

“Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.”  (John 17:17)

To be sanctified is to be completely wrapped up in what sanctifies. It’s not just to wear it, but to be it. Jesus prays that we will be in, of, for, live by, and be consumed by truth. Since He is the truth, we are to be in Him and He in us. That is what He is praying for. He directs us to get into the Word that we may abide in it, know the truth and understand freedom.

Lord, You are giving directions as to how we are to live life. Too often, I have excuses for why I do or do not do what I should. Help me become a serious student of Your Word. Lead me into Your Word, knowing I cannot know it unless I study it. Strip away any prejudice that would get in the way of me knowing You as You know me. Lead me on the journey of being Your disciple and learning from the Word.

Word of Life, thank You for praying for all who believe. Grant today that I would live as one who believes, spending time learning from the written Word You have given, hearing the Holy Spirit as the Word is spoken, seeking truth in all things. Guide me as Your disciple today to do what is right and will bring glory to the Father. Amen.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013, Devotion

“I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.”  (John 17:15, 16)

In the world, but protected from the evil one. That means that although we know he is around, we have a hedge of protection by the power of the Almighty. It is not that we can now do as we please, but that we have protection. Use the protection and use it wisely. Stand close to Jesus, knowing the devil, filled with hatred, will seek to separate you from Jesus.

Lord, may I never be separated from You. Help me to hold fast to You in all things knowing that the devil would love nothing more than to separate me eternally from You. Guide my thoughts and actions so that they see clearly the places of danger and grow in discernment. Help me understanding more clearly this spiritual battle that I am in.

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for always being there in every situation. Help me to be there for others that they too may understand that You have come to rescue from a world of hate and fear. Guide me to live this day boldly, knowing that You are with me, guide me and will lead me through every situation. May I be a faithful follow of You this day. Amen.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013, Devotion

“I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.”  (John 17:14)

Sometimes we think that being a follower of Christ, or Christian, means that everything is going to go smoothly. Jesus prays for us because He knows that when we follow Him, we become an enemy of the devil and those who listen to him. People will hate you and revile you, just as they did Jesus, because liars do not want the truth and those who follow Jesus remind them of the truth.

Lord, help me to a bold truth teller, letting You shine brightly in me. Grant that I would hold fast to the truth You have revealed and not give in to the lies of the devil. Though I suffer at the hands of those who hate me, help me love in return, knowing that this is what You have commanded. Guide my heart that it may remain true to You in all things.

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for giving me a warning. Help me to hold fast to the truth You have given me today regardless of what may come. In all I say and do, may I be approved as one of Your disciples, knowing that in the power of the Holy Spirit, You will guide and direct me to do that which will overcome the wickedness of this world. Amen. 

Monday, February 25, 2013, Devotion

“But now I come to You; and these things I speak in the world so that they may have My joy made full in themselves.”  (John 14:13)

Jesus came to make our joy complete. Not necessarily happiness (although that can, from time to time, come), but joy in knowing that You are in Him and He is in you. We, like Jesus, speak in the world, but we are not to be of the world. He is calling us to a new life that is in the world, but not of it. There is a difference and this difference is critical. Turn to the Father, through the Holy Spirit, to guide and direct you every step of life.

Holy Spirit, open my heart to listen carefully as You lead. Guide me each and every step of the way that I may heed Your directions. Keep me in You that I may do the things a disciple ought to be doing, knowing that You alone are able to lead my footsteps in the direction that is pleasing to the Father. Keep me from the wicked one that I may not stumble or err. In all things, help me to wholly rely upon You.

Thank You Holy Trinity for keeping me in You. Guide me this day in Your ways that I may be approved in faith for Your glory. In all I say and do, be there to guide me that I may speak of Your amazing and unending presence for all who walk by faith. Through me, may others be blessed this day in the blessing You have given me through salvation. Amen.

PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH, Third Sunday in Lent (March 3, 2013)

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PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH, Third Sunday in Lent (March 3, 2013)
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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 O Lord, you take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but you desire that the wicked turn from their way and live. Your Son gave himself so that we might not perish, but flourish and bear good fruit in loving words and merciful deeds. By his Spirit, give repentance and forgiveness to your whole Church, this congregation, and all people, that we may rejoice in your justice and righteousness now and forever. Lord, in your mercy,
C hear our prayer.

A Give to our bishop/president (name), our pastor (name), and all who preach the Word of God the boldness to speak the warnings and promises found in your Word. Lord, in your mercy,
C hear our prayer.

A Give to those who are preparing for baptism a spirit of joy in discovery as they are led to the rock from which healing water flows, our Lord Jesus. Let those who accompany them be filled with that same joy. Lord, in your mercy,
C hear our prayer.

A Give to all who persevere in their Lenten fast the strength to endure testing, so that we may not fall but stand in your grace. Lord, in your mercy,
C hear our prayer.

A Give to all who serve in government the wisdom they need to exercise authority responsibly and justly. Lord, in your mercy,
C hear our prayer.

A Give temperance and fortitude to the members of our armed forces, that they may be empowered to defend those who are in danger. Lord, in your mercy,
C hear our prayer.

A Give signs of your provision and healing to the ill-clad, the ill-fed, and those who are ill in body, mind, and spirit, especially…Lord, in your mercy,
C hear our prayer.

A Give us the faith to believe the saints’ presence with you, that we may learn from their examples of holy conduct and with them receive the promised salvation of the eternal Easter. Lord, in your mercy,
C hear our prayer.

P Into your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
C Amen

Prepared by Pr. Maurice Frontz.

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.

Sunday, February 24, 2013, Devotion

“While I was with them, I was keeping them in Your name which You have given Me; and I guarded them and not one of them perished but the son of perdition, so that the Scripture would be fulfilled.”  (John 17:12)

All are kept in salvation except the one who’s soul is ruined. Being kept in Jesus is what each of us should strive for. It is not that He will reject us, so much as us rejecting Him. Stay in Jesus and stay in life. Reject Jesus and end in ruin. The work really belongs to Jesus, but our attitude makes a difference. Are you in Jesus?  That is the real question. Remain in Him and He in you and you have life that springs to life eternal.

Lord Jesus, You have saved me. Help me remain in You, for apart from You I am nothing. Grant that I would work, by the power of the Holy Spirit on the attitude that remains in rebellion against You. Help me grow in spiritual stature for Your Name’s sake that I may be a witnessing disciple in an age of ongoing rebellion against the truth You have revealed through the name the Father has given.

Lord Jesus, You are the salvation of the Father. Your name means salvation. Help mestay in Your name, the only name under heaven by which men can be saved, that I may witness to the power of Your name to those around me. Guide my footsteps this day that I may remain in You and You in me to the Father’s glory. Amen.

Saturday, February 23, 2013, Devotion

“I am no longer in the world; and yet they themselves are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep them in Your name, the name which You have given Me, that they may be one even as We are.”  (John 17:11)

Jesus prayed to keep us in salvation, for the name of Jesus means ‘God’s salvation.’  We are to remain in Him and He in us, for that is what Jesus prayed for. Remaining in Jesus is about learning and growing in the life that has always been intended, knowing that in Him we find life and meaning. Abide in Jesus and fulfill the desire of this prayer. This is what Jesus asks of each one of us.

Lord, help me to fulfill the desire You expressed in this prayer. Keep me in You, knowing that only in You will I find meaning. Motivate me to live according to Your purpose, knowing that while I am in this world, I am constantly hit with the things of this world. Keep me close to You that I may not stray. Keep me in Your salvation which You have won from the cross.

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for keeping me close to You this day. May the closeness You have with me be evident throughout this day in all I say and do. May this reality not be so much for my sake, but for the sake of others, that Your presence in this present age may be a witness through the life I live this day. In all that is done this day, may the Father be glorified and Your name lifted up. Amen.

Friday, February 22, 2013, Devotion

“I ask on their behalf; I do not ask on behalf of the world, but of those whom You have given Me; for they are Yours; and all things that are Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine; and I have been glorified in them.”  (John 17:9, 10)

Jesus does not pray for the circumstances of the world, but for the believers who are in the world. Our faith life is more important than our circumstances. Having overcome the world, the greater portion is offered to those who follow Jesus. We need to remember this so that we don’t get caught up in the temporary things of this world. Glorify the Lord by following Him all the days of Your life.

Lord, help me to set my priorities straight and then to live by them. Grant that I would see clearly the direction You would have me go, knowing that You have set before all who believe eternity. Help me to be clear headed in my thinking, guiding my thoughts and actions to be in harmony with the Father’s perfect will, accomplishing all that You would have me accomplish while in this age.

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for graciously and humbly leading Your disciples through the minefields of this age. Guide me today and set in me eternal priorities that I may not get caught up in things that do not really matter. Help me live as a witness of Your never-failing love, offering through my example Your light, shining in this world of darkness. Amen.

Thursday, February 21, 2013, Devotion

“Now they have come to know that everything You have given Me is from You; for the words which You gave Me I have given to them; and they received them and truly understood that I came forth from You, and they believed that You sent Me.”  (John 17:7-8)

We know the events of the night. The disciples would flee, but Jesus is praying past tense for what He is about to do. This pray brings confidence for those who believe and realize that Jesus has already accomplished salvation for those who believe. Receive Jesus, believe, and it is done. Yes, there is the life to live and grow in Christ, but salvation is assured. This is the promise and truth of the Word He has spoken.

Lord, in humility, help me accept what You have already accomplished so that I may spend my time and energy on what is pleasing to the Father. Guide me to not get caught up in the games of this world, but instead, focus on those things that really matter eternally. Help me to always receive Your Word, for Your Word is truth, that I may understand.

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for praying for each one of us on the terrible night of Your betrayal. Help me today to live humbly, but confidently in the salvation You have already accomplished for all who believe in You. Guide my actions so that they may provide a witness to others of the truth You have revealed through Your life, death, ascension and resurrection. May I bless others today as You have blessed us. Amen.