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March 8 Devotional

Opening Prayer: Thank you, Lord Jesus, for setting your face to go to Jerusalem. Thank you for being willing to pay the high cost for my sinfulness. Give me the courage during this season to travel alongside you on your journey to the cross, that I might more fully understand both the depths of my sin and the depths of your love. I pray in your Holy Name. Amen.

Scripture Reading for the Day: Luke 9:51

Journal: What do you think was going on in the mind and heart of Jesus as he set his face to go to Jerusalem? What goes on within you as you hear those words? What is your response to his willingness? Where is God calling you to that same type of willingness?

Reflection: A pure heart is one that is unencumbered, unworried, uncommitted, and which does not want its own way about anything but which, rather, is submerged in the loving will of God, having denied self. - Meister Eckhart

He gathered up his courage and steeled himself for the journey to Jerusalem. (Luke 9:51, The Message)

Hymn for the Day

Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself 

Pray today for the CSPC congregation that they will take the stories and challenges that they have heard during this week’s Global Mission Conference and seek God’s plan for their own mission.

Al Massira is an online course for groups to use that presents the Christian faith through a chronological overview of the Bible. It centers the Christian faith in its original Middle Eastern context and includes a variety of integrated activities: viewing the films, open discussion, prayer, food and companionship. Pray today for those just starting the course, that they will find Jesus through it and begin a new life with him.

Closing Prayer: O Jesus, our Lord and Savior, thank you for your willingness. Thank you for your sacrifice. Thank you for your love. Thank you for the example you have given us to follow. Give us hearts that are as willing as yours. Amen.