March 30 Devotional

Opening Prayer: Your most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory but first he was crucified: Grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace. Amen. (Venite by Robert Benson)

Scripture Reading for the Day: John 12:1-11

Journal: Where do you find yourself in this story from scripture today? Who can you identify with the most? The least? What do you wish to extravagantly pour out to Jesus today?

Reflection: When it comes to accomplishing things for God, you will find that high aspirations, enthusiastic feelings, careful planning and being able to express yourself well are not worth very much. The important thing is absolute surrender to God. You can do anything He wants you to do if you are walking in the light of full surrender.

Living in this blessed way involves a continual death which is known to very few, but it is in this position that you can be really effective for God. A single word spoken to another person from this restful, abandoned position will do more than all our most eager and carefully planned schemes. You see, when you speak from this position of abandonment to God, it is the Spirit of God who is then speaking, and the word you speak out of this context loses none of its force and authority. - Francois Fenelon

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself

John and Kathy Lesondak are church planters who work across denominational lines in Slovakia to encourage and enable pastors in their work. John founded the Kosice Fine Arts Center in 2013. Kosice was a “Culture Capital City of Europe” for 2013 along with Marseilles, France. Pray today that all their talents would increase and be put to work for Christ’s sake.

Volunteers provide weekly English classes at CSPC for those who need to improve their language skills. Classes meet on Thursdays in the morning and in the evening. There is an optional Bible study held after the morning classes. The ESL students and teachers hold holiday parties, go on outings and picnics, and do other fun things together. Pray today for both the teachers and students as they continue the spring semester.

Closing Prayer: Lord Jesus, whatever I’ve got to give you today, may I give it all to you, freely and extravagantly, as an outpouring of my affection. Amen.