Sunday, March 13
John 18:11 Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?”
Prayer: Jesus, thank you for making the right choice for us.
Thought for the day: Someone observed that in the range of responses we can fight, take flight, freeze, or fall in step.
Monday, March 14
Matthew 26:39 Going a little farther, he fell with his face on the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”
Prayer: Jesus, you do understand when we struggle to do the right thing.
Thought for the day: Why did Jesus pray the same prayer three times?
Tuesday, March 15
Matthew 26: 53, 54 Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angles? But how then would the scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?
Prayer: O God, how grateful we are that Jesus chose to follow your plan completely.
Thought for the day: A puzzle is not solved until the last piece is in its proper place.
Wednesday, March 16
Philippians 2: 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross.
Prayer: Jesus, may the example of your constant and unshaken obedience give us strength to serve daily.
Thought for the day: If Jesus was fully God and not also fully man he could not inform our decision-making practices.
Thursday, March 17
Hebrews 12:2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Prayer: Jesus, how humbled we are to think that God would justify the means of the cross for the end of our salvation.
Thought for the day: Often in God’s plan the end justifies the means.
Friday, March 18
Hebrews 5:8 Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, we your followers find in your example that we are not exempt from obedience to God’s will.
Thought for the day: Often the root of sibling rivalry is to be found in the application of different standards and expectations.
Saturday, March 19
James 2:23,24 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.
Prayer: O God, may our works of faith bring fruit for your kingdom.
Thought for the day: In the auction house of life talk is cheap until you must cover your bids.
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