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Read Matthew 28:16-20

Thursday

Read Matthew 28:16-20


16 The eleven disciples went to the hill in Galilee where Jesus had told them to go. 17When they saw him, they worshipped him, even though some of them doubted. 18Jesus drew near and said to them, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19Go, then, to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples: baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, 20and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And I will be with you always, to the end of the age.”

Think


I will be with you always, to the end of the age' (Vs 20).

Pray


I shall not fear the battle
If Thou art by my side.
Nor wander from the pathway,
If Thou wilt be my guide.

Read 2 Corinthians 13:11-13

Wednesday

Read 2 Corinthians 13:11-13


11 And now, my brothers and sisters, goodbye! Strive for perfection; listen to my appeals; agree with one another; live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.
12 Greet one another with a holy kiss.
All God’s people send you their greetings.
13 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

Think


Paul writes to a church that has had some conflict.  He invites the people of the church to honour God by living in peace with one another.  He attaches God's presence with them to their commitment to living in peace.  In closing Paul prays that they would resemble the trinity in their community.  Full of the grace of Jesus Christ.  The love of God.  The fellowship of the Holy Spirit.

Pray



Help me to offer grace as Jesus offers me grace.  Help me to love like God loves.  And bind me to you in communion and fellowship through the power and presence of your Holy Spirit.

Read Genesis 1:1-5

Tuesday

Read Genesis 1:1-5


   1In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

   3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

Think


As God's Spirit moved over the waters, God's Spirit moves in to Jesus.  God's Word (Jesus) and God's Spirit work together to transform creation.

Pray


Let your Holy Spirit, let your Word, speak into my heart today.

Read Psalm 8


Monday

Read Psalm 8

O Lord, our Lord,
your greatness is seen in all the world!
Your praise reaches up to the heavens;
2it is sung by children and babies.
You are safe and secure from all your enemies;
you stop anyone who opposes you.
3When I look at the sky, which you have made,
at the moon and the stars, which you set in their places-
4what are human beings, that you think of them;
mere mortals, that you care for them?
5Yet you made them inferior only to yourself;m
you crowned them with glory and honour.
6You appointed them rulers over everything you made;
you placed them over all creation:
7sheep and cattle,
and the wild animals too;
8the birds and the fish and the creatures in the seas.
9O Lord, our Lord,
your greatness is seen in all the world!

Think

This is a good Psalm to memorize.  It reminds us of God's majesty over all creation, and our role as stewards of creation. 

Pray

Pray the Psalm.

Read John 7:37-39

Friday

Read John 7:37-39

7:37 On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was standing there, he cried out, "Let anyone who is thirsty come to me,

7:38 and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, 'Out of the believer's heart shall flow rivers of living water.'"

7:39 Now he said this about the Spirit, which believers in him were to receive; for as yet there was no Spirit, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

Read John 17:1-11

Thursday

Read John 17:1-11

17:1 After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, "Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you,

17:2 since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him.

17:3 And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.

17:4 I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do.

17:5 So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.

17:6 "I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word.

17:7 Now they know that everything you have given me is from you;

17:8 for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me.

17:9 I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours.

17:10 All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them.

17:11 And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.

Think

Verse 11 - Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.
If Jesus prays to the Father to protect us then our prayers for protection at this time are not just 'our' prayers but His prayers too.

Pray

Lord protect me in your name and according to your will.

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Read 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11

Wednesday

Read 1 Peter 4:12-14; 5:6-11

4:12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.

4:13 But rejoice insofar as you are sharing Christ's sufferings, so that you may also be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed.

4:14 If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the spirit of glory, which is the Spirit of God, is resting on you.

5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time.

5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.

5:8 Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour.

5:9 Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters in all the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering.

5:10 And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you.

5:11 To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.

Think

A strange phrase: "...rejoice insofar as you are sharing Christ's sufferings."  The Greek word for 'share' is the same as our word for 'fellowship' or 'partnership'.  It implies not only that we share in Christ's suffering - but is a reminder that He shares in ours.

Pray

Lord thank you for sharing my sufferings.  And thank you for the hope of your glory.

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