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Wednesday – Praying Thorough Holy Week

Read John 13:21-32

21 After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, “Very truly I tell you, one of you is going to betray me.”

22 His disciples stared at one another, at a loss to know which of them he meant. 23 One of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him.
24 Simon Peter motioned to this disciple and said, “Ask him which one he means.”

25 Leaning back against Jesus, he asked him, “Lord, who is it?”

26 Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. 27 As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him.

So Jesus told him, “What you are about to do, do quickly.” 28 But no one at the meal understood why Jesus said this to him. 29 Since Judas had charge of the money, some thought Jesus was telling him to buy what was needed for the festival, or to give something to the poor. 30 As soon as Judas had taken the bread, he went out. And it was night.

31 When he was gone, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified and God is glorified in him. 32 If God is glorified in him, God will glorify the Son in himself, and will glorify him at once.

 

On a Need-to-Know Basis

Spend a few moments in silence quieting your soul to receive from the Lord.  Ask God to help you find your place in the biblical story through a word or phrase that “jumps out at you.”

 

Prayer:

Lord, you know me inside and out.
I am an open book to you.
You reveal to me what is in my best interest.
Whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable.
Then why am I often consumed
with other people’s business?
Free me from the need to know.

Information is power.
The kind of information dictates the kind of power.
Real power comes from knowing you

not just being informed about you, but knowing  you.
Anything else that takes precedence over knowing you
is not your will for my life.

And so, Lord, let me lean against your chest today,
not because I am seeking information,
but because I want to hear the beating of your heart.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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