2019 Daily Devo 3.25.19

Week 12 Day 1

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I. Prayer to enter the Lord’s presence:

Be still for a moment. “Lord, I give the day that is now past to you.  It is yours.  I give the day that is to come to you; help me to see where you are working and to join you there.  Speak to me during these moments.  I commit them and myself to you.”

 II. Prayer of Confession:

“Lord, you are faithful to forgive me and cleanse me of my sin when I confess it to you.  I confess my sin(s) of ______________.  Thank you for forgiveness.” (1 John 1:9)

III. Prayer of Thanksgiving:

Choose to be thankful, speak out loud of what God has done.
“Thank you, Father, for _________________.  Fill my heart and my mouth with gratitude throughout this day.”

IV. Scripture Reflection

Read:

Rev. 1:1-11  The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,  2 who testifies to everything he saw — that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.  3 Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near. John, To the seven churches in the province of Asia: Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne,  5 and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood,  6 and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father — to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.  7 Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen.  “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.  10 On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet,  11 which said: “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.”

Reflect:

The word translated “revelation” is a word that means “disclosure” or “manifestation.”  John was given a vision or visions of human history from heaven’s perspective. John wrote from a small island off the west coast of modern Turkey to seven actual churches in the region.  This letter is not supposed to make us miss today because we are focused on the future. It is intended to give us perspective on today based on a certain future. John was suffering for his faith and he was writing to a church that was suffering for its faith.  The encouragement of this perspective applied to their situation then and it continues to apply to the church until the end of this current manifestation of human history. Look at verse nine and you will see the key theme very clearly in three words…suffering, kingdom, endurance.  

Respond:

Contemplate those three words; suffering, kingdom, and endurance.  “Suffering” is a promised reality for the follower of Christ, it is not something you should expect to escape.  “Kingdom” is the realm the follower of Christ lives in now…Jesus is king, we live for his glory and by his power.  “Endurance” is the necessary requirement to experience life in his Kingdom and a life that includes suffering. Ask God for help you to suffer with perspective, experience his Kingdom now, and to endure faithfully.

V. Prayer for others:

Pray specifically for the concerns of your life and the lives of others. 

VI. Prayer of commitment:

Lord God, I commit to love you with all my heart and with all my soul and with all my strength and with all my mind and to love my neighbor as myself.  Empower me today to love you and others with everything that I am.”  (Luke 10:27)

This Month’s Scripture Memory:

Matthew 6:9-13
“This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

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