Easter Sunday – Seeing Jesus

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Passport to Prayer – Lent 2016

Sunday – Mar. 27, 2016

John 20:14: At this, Mary turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.

What does the empty tomb represent for you? Take each letter of EASTER and write down a word that represents what Easter means for you.

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How can we express the profound joy in our hearts? With the women we run and share the joy of this day. Fill us with faith that does not allow death as the answer. Help us live resurrection this day! Alleluia!  Amen.

Blessings –

Dianne

I have put together a Passport of Prayer for Lent 2016. Would you like the complete Passport to Prayer guide? Please e-mail me at dideaton@hotmail.com

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Holy Saturday – A Day of Waiting

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Passport to Prayer – Lent 2016

Saturday – Mar. 26, 2016 

John 19:41-42: At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid. Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.   

Can you wait patiently? Who is a very patient person you know? With our instantaneous culture, patience is hard to come by. Yet, this is a day of waiting. What are you waiting for? How will you know it has arrived?

Where are you, O Lord? We wait and wait. We wait, unwilling to hope and yet unwilling to doubt. Prepare our heart for an upcoming day of celebration. Amen.

Blessings –

Dianne

I have put together a Passport of Prayer for Lent 2016. Would you like the complete Passport to Prayer guide? Please e-mail me at dideaton@hotmail.com

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Good Friday – It is Finished

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Passport to Prayer – Lent 2016

Friday – Mar. 25, 2016

John 19:30: When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

Designate 30 minutes for prayer and silence. Read John 19, the story of Jesus’ crucifixion. Pick one verse that is meaningful to you and pray it multiple times. Contemplate what Jesus’ life and death means to you.

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Why does hatred win this day, O Lord? Why does light die? Evil dance? We say with the thief, “Remember me, Lord Jesus!” Remove our veil of doubt to see him bear our grief. With the centurion, may we proclaim, “Surely, this was the Son of God.” Lord, have mercy on us. Amen.

Blessings –

Dianne

I have put together a Passport of Prayer for Lent 2016. Would you like the complete Passport to Prayer guide? Please e-mail me at dideaton@hotmail.com

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Maundy Thursday – A Towel & a Basin

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Passport to Prayer – Lent 2016

Thursday – Mar. 24, 2016

John 13:4-5: So Jesus got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciple’s feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.  

It was the job the lowliest servant usually had. Instead, Jesus washed the dirty, smelly, stinky feet of his disciples. In an ultimate example of serving, Jesus teaches us what it means to be a servant leader. Who recently has “washed” your feet? Whose feet do you need to “wash”? If possible, be in contact with the sixth person you chose to reach out to this Lent today.

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Washing their feet. Breaking the bread and naming it your body. Did you lift a cup and call it a new covenant? Your words at the garden rip open our hearts. Did you love the world this much?  Fill us with a deep desire to love. Free us to believe what we cannot understand. Amen.

Blessings –

Dianne

I have put together a Passport of Prayer for Lent 2016. Would you like the complete Passport to Prayer guide? Please e-mail me at dideaton@hotmail.com

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Fasting vs. Feasting Reflection

Passport to Prayer – Lent 2016

Wednesday – Mar. 23, 2016

Joel 2:12: That is why the Lord says, “Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me all your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, mourning.

As Lent began, you identified behaviors you wanted to fast and behaviors you wanted to feast upon. Consider the last 40 days. When has fasting this behavior(s) been difficult? Was it easier or more difficult to feast? Ask God to encourage you on this path of fasting and feasting. Consider adding a new set of behaviors.

Making lifelong change is possible only when you become part of the process, Almighty God. Thank you for being patient with me as I make positive changes to my life. Thank you for allowing grace when I fail and give up. Encourage me anew to continue this journey of modeling behavior desire by You. Amen.

Blessings –

Dianne

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Me, Betray Jesus?

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Passport to Prayer – Lent 2016

Tuesday – Mar. 22, 2016

John 22:4-5: And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus. They were delighted and agreed to give him money.    

Why Judas agreed to betray Jesus is difficult to understand. Before we pass judgement on him, think over the last year of your life. Was there a time when you chose not to acknowledge your faith in Christ? When did you choose to “fit in” and let your confidence in God slide under the table? Have you ever chosen financial gain over honoring God’s kingdom? Address these situations with God in prayer.

For some reason, O Jesus, it is so much easier to point a finger to those we see dishonoring you than to acknowledge when we do this. Remind us anew that nothing can separate us from you; even when we turn away from you. Thank you for always welcoming us back into your arms.  Amen.

Blessings –

Dianne

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Trusting the Eternal Light

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Passport to Prayer – Lent 2016

Monday – Mar. 21, 2016

John 12:36: Jesus said, “Put your trust in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light.”

Hold unto a light bulb. Without electricity, it’s just a bulb. But when it is connected to an electrical circuit, the bulb brightens any dark space. What are the spaces in your life that you “keep in the dark?” Determine an area(s) in your life that needs illumination, an opening to God’s love. Allow yourself to be more vulnerable this week. Begin to allow this area an opportunity to begin to shine.

Why is it, O God, we easily trust artificial power and light sources but cannot always trust you? Help me see myself as a child of Jesus’ light. Place on my heart a way I can help illuminate your kingdom this week.   Amen.

Blessings –

Dianne

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Palm Sunday – Praying for Our Communities

Passport to Prayer – Lent 2016

Sunday – Mar. 20, 2016

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John 12:12-13: The next day the great crowd that had come for the Festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the king of Israel!”

Today, go on a prayer walk (or drive). Go to various locations within your community and pray at each site for the people who are involved in this location. Suggested locations are: local school, police department, fire department, local government offices and other places you choose.

O God, halfheartedly we join the parade welcoming Jesus. Give us passion to follow you even when no one else will. We wait for others to shout, “Hosanna!” Give us courage to believe even when others do not. We’re not sure we will hang onto Jesus at all times. Open our clenched hands and frozen hearts. When we leave the story because it gets too difficult, help us see your never-ending love. Forgive us of our own times of betrayal. May your compassion fill us with faith. Amen.

Blessings –

Dianne

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EVERYONE Needs Prayer

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Passport to Prayer – Lent 2016

Saturday – Mar. 19, 2016 

1 Timothy 2:1-2: I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.  

In this letter, Paul encourages his protégé Timothy to pray for EVERYONE. Who are those you have a hard time praying for? Lift them up today. Make arrangements to help the sixth person on your “Helping Others” list.

Lord, I thank you for the many people who have been an important part of my life this day. I lift up the teachers, Christian leaders and pastors who have guided my journey. Strengthen them and encourage them. I now specifically pray for those who I have a hard time praying for. Amen.

Blessings –

Dianne

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A Bouquet of an Aroma

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Passport to Prayer – Lent 2016

Friday – Mar. 18, 2016

John 12:8: Jesus said, “You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”

At a dinner party, Mary anoints Jesus feet. Unknowingly, she is preparing his body for burial. Judas can’t understand why Jesus allows this. What a waste of perfume! Catch the entire story in John 12:1-8.

The perfume’s aroma must have saturated the room where the party was held. What smells do you enjoy the most? If possible, sit with one of your favorite smells. Breathe it in slowly. As you breath out, thank Jesus for the times you were used for a special purpose, like Mary, and didn’t even realize it. Repeat this several times.

We fail to remember how your view of our lives is so different from our view. Yes, we have many choices to make. Yet, you are the master conductor in helping us fulfill a purpose for your kingdom. May what we do this day be a sweet aroma of your liking. Amen.

Blessings –

Dianne

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