March 14 Devotional
Opening Prayer: O Christ Jesus; when all is darkness and we feel our weakness and helplessness, give us the sense of Your presence, Your love, Your strength. Help us to have perfect trust in Your protecting love and strengthening power, so that nothing may frighten or worry us, for, living close to You, we shall see your hand, Your purpose, Your will through all things. Amen. - St. Ignatius of Loyola
Scripture Reading for the Day: Matthew 26:36-46
Journal: What would it have been like to be with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane? How would you have felt if you were one of the disciples? What would you want to say to him? What do you want to say to him now? What is your response to the willingness of Jesus?
Reflection: Jesus in His prayers on earth, in His intercession in heaven, in His promise of an answer to our prayers from there, makes this His first objective - the glory of His Father. Is it so with us too? Or are not, in large measure, self-interest and self-will the strongest motives urging us to pray? Or, if we cannot see that this is the case, have we got to acknowledge that the distinct, conscious longing for the glory of the Father is not what animates our prayers?
Not as if the believer does not at times desire it. But he has to mourn that he has so little attained it. And he knows the reason for his failure too. It was, because the separation between the spirit of daily life and the spirit of the hour of prayer was too wide. We begin to see that the desire for the glory of the Father is not something that we can awake and present to our Lord when we prepare ourselves to pray. No! It is only when the whole life, in all its parts, is given up to God’s glory, that we can really pray to His glory too. (With Christ in the School of Prayer by Andrew Murray)
Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself
Paul and Karan Davis have been working with TEAM in France since 1978 in church-planting ministries. They have planted churches in the southern suburbs of Paris, northwestern suburbs of Lyon, and more recently in the Alps region around Albertville. Pray today for French believers living in the area to catch the vision of starting a network of churches in and around Pontcharra.
Bridges International serves the needs of international students adjusting to living and studying at the University of Tennessee. Pray today for the international students on campus that they may understand the love of Jesus during this Spring semester.
Closing Prayer: Father, thy will, not mine, be done! Amen.