“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.” (John 10:1)
Lord Jesus, you are the door, the only door, to the sheepfold; please write that on the hearts and minds of the leaders and teachers and people of the Episcopal Church.
“But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.”(John 10:2)
Jesus, you are the Good Shepherd; please draw all of your wandering sheep back to you.
“To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.”(John 10:3)
Holy Spirit, please help the flock hear Jesus saying, “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28 ) Help us lay our burdens at Jesus’ feet.
“And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.”(John 10:4)
Father, please help us recognize Jesus’ voice whenever he speaks to us.
“Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”(John 10:5)
Jesus, every year tens of thousands flee the Episcopal Church because they do not hear your word being spoken; have mercy on us and renew the Episcopal Church. Bring us back to you and raise up faithful shepherds of the flock. Thank you.
Jesus used this illustration, but they did not understand the things which He spoke to them. (John 10:6)
Jesus, help us understand the things you are saying to us.
A word received: Keep your attention on me. Pray for my people to look to me for help.
Wednesday: 119:145-176; Jeremiah 25:30-38; Romans 10:14-21; John 10:1-18
Thursday: 131, 132, ; Jeremiah 26:1-16; Romans 11:1-12; John 10:19-42