April 3 Devotional
Opening Prayer: We pray You graciously to uphold this Your family, for whom Jesus was willing to be betrayed, and to suffer death upon the cross. Amen. (Venite by Robert Benson)
Scripture: John 18:1-19:42
Journal: Put yourself before Jesus as he hangs upon the cross. What do you want to say to him?
Reflection: Reflect carefully on this, for it is so important that I can hardly lay too much stress on it. Fix your eyes on the Crucified and nothing else will be of much importance to you. If his Majesty revealed his love to us by doing and suffering such amazing things, how can you expect to please him by words alone? (Interior Castle by Teresa of Avila)
Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself
Martyn and Elissa live in a Creative Access country as “Tent Makers.” Martyn’s work gives him unparalleled access to the local population. Pray today for growth of Martyn’s business so that it can better support us and so that it can open more doors for ministry.
FOCUS (Following Our Choices Unto Success) works in the Knox County Jail and Detention Facility, Taft Youth Center, and the four men’s prisons of East Tennessee. The FOCUS work “Behind the Walls” includes evangelistic events, weekly support groups, discipleship classes, life-skills classes and one-on-one counseling. Pray for the work of FOCUS today.
Closing Prayer: Lord, enfold me in the depths of your heart; and there hold me, refine, purge, and set me on fire, raise me aloft, until my own self knows utter annihilation. - Pierre Teilhard de Chardin