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Weekly Verses - November 24

  • 2014 Nov 24
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Monday
 
Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life.  He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty."
John 6:35
New International Version
 
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY'S VERSE...
 
We crave food at regular intervals during the day.  During this holiday season food occupies our thoughts and fills up our activities.  But deep in our soul is a hunger, a soul hunger. It cannot be filled by food, drink, or chemicals.  This hunger was the desire built into us by our Creator, placed there when he knit us together in our mother's womb.  This hunger can only be satiated by Jesus.
 
MY PRAYER...Please fill me, my Father, with Jesus.  Give me today, my Daily Bread, that I may find life in all its fullness. Precious Lord, Jesus my brother and Savior, fill me and touch me with your presence so that I can serve you by blessing those around me with your grace.  Amen.
 
Tuesday 
 
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said,"I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
John 8:12
New International Version
 
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY'S VERSE...
 
Darkness is more than a symbol, it is a pervasive way of living and viewing the world.  Darkness is the place of deception, evil, crime, predators, sin, and death.  To follow Jesus means to bring him our heart and let him cast everything from the darkness that plagues us on the inside so we don't have to be afraid of the darkness on the outside.  In this way, Jesus gives us light, but it is a light that does more than fill a dark room. This is a light that illumines the heart.
 
MY PRAYER...
 
Holy God who lives in glorious and irrepressible light, I praise you for sending Jesus to cast away the dark fears that so easily envelope me. I pray for strength and courage to not only live in the light, but show others their way to the light. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
 
Wednesday
 
Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep; whoever enters through me will be saved.  He will come in and go out and find pasture.  The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it in full."
John 10:7 and John 9:10
New International Version
 
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY'S VERSE...
 
Jesus came to the world to give us life.  He didn't come to bring us rules, or judgment, or fear, or work. Jesus came to give us life in its fullest form.  While we know that this is promised to us when we go to be with him for all eternity, John wants us to clearly hear that Jesus' promise to give us life begins right now! Not JUST life later, but also life NOW!
 
MY PRAYER...
 
Almighty God, I confess that sometimes I play life too carefully, not risking failure and loss and not reaching for your opportunities and your concerns.  Give me a heart that yearns to live life in all its fullness by seeking after your will, Jesus' example, and the Holy Spirit's leading in my decisions today and always.  Through Jesus I ask this to your glory.  Amen. 
 
Thursday 
 
[Jesus said,] "I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me - just as the Father knows me and I know the Father - and I lay down my life for the sheep."
John 10:14-15
New International Version
 
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY'S VERSE...
 
The goal of our walk with Jesus is to come to know him as our shepherd just as intimately as he knows the Father. A key thing for us to remember: In a world where so many people want to attract our attention and are willing to give us advice, we can refuse their voice.  We listen to Jesus because he has shown his love for us by laying down his life for us.  He is not a hireling, he is the Good Shepherd.
 
MY PRAYER...
 
Holy Father, you are wonderful and generous beyond description.  You have shown your love by sending your Son to be my Shepherd.  Help me hear his voice through your Word. Help me hear his voice through the wise counsel of spiritual friends.  Help me hear his voice through the words sung by my brothers and sisters when we are assembled.  Help me hear his voice in the Holy Spirit's work on my conscience. Father,  I want to follow your Son as my Shepherd and Lord because I know he, like you, is good!   Through my Shepherd and Lord I pray. Amen.
 
Friday
 
[Jesus said,] "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?"
John 10:14-15
New International Version
 
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY'S VERSE...
 
This is the most important question you will ever answer. Do you really believe this? Do you believe that when you died with Christ in baptism through faith, that you died the most significant death and that your physical death will not separate you from Jesus? All of life, even all of eternity for you, hangs on  this one question.
 
MY PRAYER...
 
Almighty and Everlasting Father, I believe that because you have adopted me into your family, death wilL never claim me. Help me live with new vigor and confidence knowing that Satan cannot have me and death cannot claim me because I am yours through Jesus. In my precious Redeemer I pray. Amen. 
 
Saturday
 
Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
John 14:6
New International Version
 
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY'S VERSE...
 
I don't want to be any more exclusive than Jesus.  But I do want to hear his voice.  He calls me to find the way to the Father through him.  I must also know that others must know him to find their way to the Father, too. How can we not be more passionate about those around us who do not really know Jesus as their Savior, Redeemer, Brother, and Lord?  How can the first four books of our New Testament lie unread?
 
MY PRAYER...
 
Holy God and Righteous Father, give me a passion for Jesus and a heart that knows him in word, deed, and concern. Through him I pray.  Amen. 
 
Sunday 
 
[Jesus said,] "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. This is to my Father's' glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples."
John 15:5 and John 15:8
New International Version
 
THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY'S VERSE...
 
We take on Jesus' character (bear fruit) by remaining intimately connected to him.  The distance between heaven and earth is not so great when heaven lives within us.  In John 14, Jesus reminded us that if we will obey him, he will come and live in us and will reveal himself to us.  So as we obey him, we know him better. His life becomes real in us.
 
MY PRAYER...
 
Precious Lord, I want to obey your word, your will, and your example.  I want to obey you to honor you, to love you, and to know you.  So please, help me come to know you better as I walk more closely in your steps. Help me to know what it means to live your life in my world.  Amen.
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