Week Twenty-two — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — Jesus’ Ascension — Luke 24:51

Sunday, May 28

Luke 24: 50, 51 When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them.  While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven.

Prayer:  Jesus, we worship you as our Lord who is ascended to God’s right hand.

Thought for the day: Those who can empathize make the very best leaders.

Monday, May 29

Acts 1: 8, 9 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud his him from their sight.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we thank you for the Holy Spirit that you have sent to accompany us until you return.

Thought for the day:  A best friend will share the consolation of a friend.

Tuesday, May 30

Acts 7:55, 56 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God.  “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”

Prayer:  Jesus, in our hour of trial we turn our eyes to heaven to find the strength of your presence.

Thought for the day: Stephen confirmed what Paul later asserted – to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.

Wednesday, May 31

Psalm 110:1 The Lord says to my Lord: “Sit at my right had until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”

Prayer:  O Jesus, we declare with all the saints, prophets, and angles that you are Lord.

Thought for the day: When you pick your battles, always pick battles where God is on your side.

Thursday, June 1

Matthew 26:63, 64 But Jesus remained silent.  The high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God. Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.”  “Yes, it is as you say,” Jesus replied, “But I say to all of you: In the future, you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

Prayer:  Almighty God, we believe your son comes again in his glory to reign forevermore.

Thought for the day: Believing the truth can prepare you to meet its consequences.

Friday, June 2

Ephesians 4: 9, 10 What does “He ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions?  He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, to take us to the highest heights you went to the lowest depths.

Thought for the day: The exercise of picking up a penny adds to the wealth of health.

Saturday, June 3

Colossians 3:1, Since, then you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, may we ever find our minds and hearts lost in thoughts of you.

Thought for the day: In God’s master plan, there is a special place for those who are so heavenly minded that they are no earthly good.

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Week Twenty One — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — Jesus’ wait time — Luke 24: 49

Sunday, May 21

Luke 24: 49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised, but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.

Prayer: Lord, we obediently wait upon the promise of the Spirit.

Thought for the day: No anxiety is required for waiting.

Monday, May 22

Psalm 27: 13, 14 I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.  Wait for the Lord, be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

Prayer:  Lord God, the manifestation of your goodness shall prevail in due season.

Thought for the day: Mothers know how to make red and wrinkled newborns into beautiful babies.

Tuesday, May 23

Psalm 130:5, 6 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope.  My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.

Prayer:  Lord God, even more comforting that the first light of day is the thought of your presence.

Thought for the day: Filling wait time with trust or filling wait time with worry is a choice.

Wednesday, May 24

Isaiah 8:17 I will wait for the Lord, who is hiding his face from the house of Jacob, I will put my trust in him.

Prayer:  Lord God, even in the seasons when it appears that you are hidden, may we find the strength to trust in you.

Thought for the day: Some doors without peepholes just have to be opened in faith.

Thursday, May 25

Micah 7:6, 7 For a son dishonors his father, a daughter rises up against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law a man’s enemies are the members of his own household.  But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.

Prayer:  Lord God, when others fail us, we find consolation in knowing you are ever faithful

Thought for the day:  Excessive pessimism about humanity can cause an allergic reaction.

Friday, May 26

Galatians 5: 5, 6 But by faith we eagerly await through the Spirit the righteousness for which we hope.  For in Christ Jesus nether circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value.  The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we must trust you to perfect our righteousness in your time.

Thought for the day: The sculptor does not begin and end his or her work with the same blow.

Saturday, May 27

I Thessalonians 1: 9, 10 for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us.  They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead – Jesus who rescues us form the coming wrath.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we are waiting for your return from heaven.

Thought for the day: If you reached the number for Heaven in error you may hang up, otherwise please stay on the line.  Your approximate wait time will be forgotten when the operator connects you with Jesus.
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Week Twenty – Verse by Verse Devotional Series — Jesus Cares — John 19: 26,27

Note: This week in recognition of Mothers’ Day we focus upon Jesus care for mothers and women.

Sunday, May 14

John 19: 26,27 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Dear woman here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is you mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we thank you that no hour is so dark that you do not care.

Thought for the day: Anyone can adopt a mother for a day.

Monday, May 15

Luke 7: 14, 15 Then he went up and touched the coffin, and those carrying it stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you get up!” The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.

Prayer: Lord God, thank you for sending one to care in the hours of loss.

Thought for the day:  With God any day can be a family reunion day.

Tuesday, May 16

Luke 8: 47, 48 Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed.  Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you.  Go in peace.”

Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for looking upon us individually with grace and mercy.

Thought for the day: Those who value their ID don’t lose it in a crowd.

Wednesday, May 17

Matthew 15: 27, 28 “Yes, Lord,” she said, “but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.” Then Jesus answered, “Woman you have great fait! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

Prayer:  Jesus, we give thanks for all the times you have shown us grace and mercy.

Thought for the day: God has a recipe for making crumb cake from the scraps of life.

Thursday, May 18

Matthew 26: 12, 13 When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial.  I tell you the truth, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, I memory of her.”

Prayer: Lord God, you are ever watchful, ever loving, ever grateful for the well-deserved honor shown you.  We honor you, O God.

Thought for the day:  The memory of kindness is long savored.

Friday, May 19

Acts 1:14 They all joined together constantly in prayer along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we join with the women and men who knew you best like your mother in your worship.

Thought for the day: Mothers and fathers must quickly become expert judges of character.

Saturday, May 20

John 20:15, 16 “Woman,” he said, “why are you crying?  Who is it you are looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”  Jesus said to her, “Mary.”   She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means teacher.)

Prayer: Lord God, reveal to us the ever-living Christ as he was revealed on Easter morning to the women who followed him.

Thought for the day: As he called Mary by name on the first Easter morning, Jesus will one day call by name his faithful disciples.

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Week Nineteen — Verse by Verse Devotional Series — the Resurrected Christ — Luke 24:46

Sunday, May 7

Luke 24:46 He told them, “This is what is written: the Christ must suffer and rise from the dead on the third day.”

Prayer:  Lord God, forever and ever your life-giving word has proven true.

Thought for the day: In God’s eternal plan there is a place for you.

Monday, May 8

Deuteronomy 18:18,19 I will raise up for them a prophet like you [Moses] from among their brothers; I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him.  If anyone does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name, I myself will call him to account.

Prayer:  Lord God, we would hear and obey the prophetic word of Jesus.

Thought for the day: With the ear we hear, and with the heart we listen.

Tuesday, May 9

Isaiah 50:5,6 The sovereign Lord has opened my ears, and I have not been rebellious, I have not drawn back.  I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard, I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting. 

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, you prayed to the Father, “Thy will be done.”

Thought for the day: The experienced batter knows when the ball will strike him or her.

Wednesday, May 10

Psalm 22: 15,16 My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth, you lay me in the dust of death, Dogs have surrounded me, a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced my hands and my feet.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, the nail prints in your hands and feet remind us of your love.

Thought for the day: None can say Jesus’ crucifixion was a humane execution.

Thursday, May 11

Psalm 69: 8, 9 I am a stranger to my brothers, an alien to my own mother’s sons, for zeal for your house consumes me, and the insults of those who insult you fall on me.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, the taunts and mockery you received on the cross were undeserved.

Thought for the day: A songwriter said, “Jesus knows all about our struggles.”

Friday, May 12

Psalm 16: 10, 11 because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay.  You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Prayer:  Jesus, with your last breath you entrusted your self to God saying “into thy hands I commend my spirit.”

Thought for the day: No problem you could share with God is a problem that God has not overcome in this life or in eternity.

Saturday, May 13

Psalm 110: 1, 2 The Lord says to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”  The Lord will extend your mighty scepter from Zion, you will rule in the midst of your enemies.

Prayer:  Praise to God the Father who has given the victory over death to Jesus.

Thought for the day: Sooner or later the enemies of an invincible king must surrender or suffer the consequences of defeat.


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