Mark 14:35, 36 Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
Prayer: Lord God, thank you for sending your son who would do your will to the end.
Thought for the day: Faithfulness is a tremendous character trait.
Luke 19:10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.
Prayer: Jesus, we give thanks for your willingness to become our savior
Thought for the day: The clearer your purpose is, the more likely it is to be achieved.
Isaiah 53: 4,5 Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him striken by god, smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities, the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.
Prayer: Lord God, from the beginning you planned to save us by the sacrifice of your son.
Thought for the day: Sizeable costs are best disclosed in the beginning.
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: O God, we long to be obedient children as we see the example of Christ.
Thought for the day: Obedience to God does work out in the end.
Hebrews 5:8,9 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, as you obeyed the Father we would obey you.
Thought for the day: The child who obeys is most often preferred over the child who cultivates popularity.
John 18:11 Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?”
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for following the plan of the Father.
Thought for the day: Some trials of character bring about the good of all mankind.
Matthew 6:10 Your kingdom come, our will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Prayer: Lord God, in fear and wonder we join the prayer of Jesus in saying, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
Thought for the day: Thomas Merton said, “My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. . . . But I believe the desire to please You does in fact please You.”