April 1 Devotional
Opening Prayer: Your Divine Son gave his body to be whipped, and his face to be spat upon; Grant us grace to accept joyfully the sufferings of our time, confident of the glory that shall be revealed. Amen. (Venite by Robert Benson)
Scripture Reading: John 13:21-32
Journal: Put yourself in the room with Jesus and the disciples. What do the words and the spirit of Jesus do within you? How do those words and that troubled spirit make you feel? What is your response when he tells everyone that one of the people in this room will betray him? What do these words reveal in your heart?
Reflection: The cross is an invitation; each person must say yes. No one becomes a disciple without saying yes to Jesus taking us, blessing us, breaking us open, and passing us around. - Edward J. Farrell
Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself
Heath and Angela Many are now serving at Tenwek Hospital, a Christian mission hospital in rural Kenya, as medical missionaries in their respective fields (surgery and obstetrics/gynecology). Pray today actively and strategically for God’s will and power to be present in their ministry.
FCA’s vision is to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of athletes and coaches. Their mission is to present to athletes and coaches, and all whom they influence, the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church. Pray for all of the FCA leaders in Knoxville and the student athletes that they will connect with during activities as they wrap up this school year.
Closing Prayer: Lord,
The house of my soul is narrow;
enlarge it that you may enter in.
It is ruinous, O repair it!
It displeases Your sight.
I confess it, I know.
But who shall cleanse it,
to whom shall I cry but to you?
Cleanse me from my secret faults,
O Lord, and spare Your servant from strange sins.
- St. Augustine