Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. (John 6:26)
Holy Spirit, please help us respond to the signs that Jesus places in our path.
Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set his seal on him.” (John 6:27)
Lord Jesus, we live in a time when the labor and savings of many have evaporated. Give us a heart to labor for what endures to eternal life.
Then they said to him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?” (John 6:28 )
Father, guide us by your Holy Spirit into doing your work.
Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he sent.” (John 6:29)
Jesus, please help us daily make the choice to believe in you and believe that God the Father has sent you to us.
Therefore they said to him, “What sign will you perform then, that we may see it and believe you? What work will you do? (John 6:30)
Lord, have mercy on us when we demand signs from you.
Our fathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'” (John 6:31)
Father, those you fed with bread from heaven perished in the wilderness because of the hardness of their hearts. We weekly receive the bread from heaven and many of us have hearts hardened with unbelief; have mercy on us and soften our hearts.
Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but my father gives you the true bread from heaven. (John 6:32)
Father, thank you.
For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” (John 6:33)
Jesus, please bring us to new life in you throughout this diocese. Thank you.
A word received: Pray for my kingdom to come and my will to be done. Pray for church leaders, that they will submit to my will and rejoice in my kingdom. Pray for those who minister to them that they will be faithful witnesses.
Wednesday: 101, 109:1-4(5-19)20-30; Jeremiah 18:1-11; Romans 8:1-11; John 6:27-40
Thursday: 69:1-23(24-30)31-38; Jeremiah 22:13-23; Romans 8:12-27; John 6:41-51
Words received for a Sunday School lesson for Palm Sunday
“Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?” (Isaiah 53:1) A word received: I want the children and the adults to choose to believe the report of Scripture about me.
“For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; and when we see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.” (Isaiah 53:2) A word received: I had nothing the world values to help me. I had the Holy Spirit — he is the helper. I want you to have the full power of the Holy Spirit as well.
“He is despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from him; he was despised, and we did not esteem him.” (Isaiah 53:3) A word received: I AM still despised and rejected, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. I know your grief and I intercede for you.
“Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.” (Isaiah 53:4) A word received: I have borne them and I will bear every grief you bring to me.
“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon him, and by his stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5) A word received: I want you to be able to say, “Jesus was wounded for my transgressions.”
“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6) A word received: You are called to recognize and repent of the ways that you have gone astray, as individuals and as the Body of Christ, the church.
“He was oppressed and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; he was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.” (Isaiah 53:7) A word received: I chose to bear your guilt and your affliction so that you could enter into the freedom of the children of God.
“He was taken from prison and from judgment, and who will declare his generation? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgressions of my people he was stricken.” (Isaiah 53:8 ) A word received: I willingly went to the cross for you.
“And they made his grave with the wicked– but with the rich at his death, because he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.” (Isaiah 53:9) A word received: I have told you what is true.
“Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he has put him to grief. When you make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.” (Isaiah 53:10) A word received: My father loves you and sent me to bear the cross for you.
“He shall see the labor of his soul, and be satisfied. By his knowledge my righteous servant shall justify many, for he shall bear their iniquities.” (Isaiah 53:11) A word received: This is my joy — I have brought many sons and daughters to my father.
“Therefore I will divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul unto death, and he was numbered with the transgressors, and he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.” (Isaiah 53:12) A word received: Bring your burdens to me: I can bear them.