Maundy Thursday

Today, is Maundy Thursday, the day that Jesus was betrayed by Judas, turned over to Pilate, scourged and sentenced to be crucified. May we find time to pray today and thank God for giving us the gift of Jesus and really ponder what that means in our hearts, souls and minds.

“Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and His disciples followed Him. On reaching the place He said to them, ‘Pray that you will not fall into temptation.’ He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, ‘Father, if You are willing, take this cup from Me; yet not my will, but Yours be done.’ ….When He rose from prayer and went back to His disciples, He found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. ‘Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray so you will not fall into temptation.'” (Luke 22:39-42, 45-46)

Dear Lord, I thank You for this day. I thank You for my being able to see and to hear this morning. I’m blessed because You are a forgiving God and an understanding God. You have done so much for me and You keep on blessing me. Forgive me this day for I have sinned. I ask now for Your forgiveness. Please keep me safe from all danger and harm. Help me to start this day with a new attitude and plenty of gratitude. Let me make the best of each and every day to clear my mind so that I can hear from You.

Please broaden my mind that I can accept all things. Let me not whine and whimper over things I have no control over. Let me continue to see sin through God’s eyes and acknowledge it as evil. When I sin, let me repent, and confess with my mouth my wrong doing and receive the forgiveness of God. When this world closes in on me, let me remember Jesus’ example….to slip away and find a quiet place to pray. It’s the best response when I’m pushed beyond my limits. I know You listen to my heart.

Continue to use me to do Thy Will. Continue to bless me that I may be a blessing to others. Keep me strong that I may help the weak and unsaved. Keep me uplifted that I may have words of encouragement for others.

I pray for those who are lost and can’t find their way. I pray for those who are misjudged and misunderstood. I pray for those who don’t know You intimately. I pray for those who don’t believe (But) I thank You that I believe. I believe that God changes people and God changes things. I pray for all my sisters and brothers; for each and every family member in their love and joy in their homes, that they are out of debt, and all their needs are met.

I pray that every eye that reads this knows there is no problem, circumstance or situation greater than God. Every battle is in Your hands for You to fight. I pray that these words be received into the heart of every eye that sees them and every mouth that confesses them willingly.

This is my prayer. In Jesus Name, Amen.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
The author of this devotion is unknown. It was submitted by Kay, Devotional Coordinator for Rest Ministries. Kay lives with her husband Joe and two sweet dogs, Daphne Mae and Alice in beautiful New England. Kay struggles with Dilated Cardiomyopathy, Insulin-Dependent Diabetes, Bipolar Disorder and Post-Traumatic Stress.

During The next few days, Maunday Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday let us pay extra homage to God, praying and taking in all His blessings that He has bestowed upon us. Remember those around you and look at the little things, a sunrise, a loving pet, an embrace from a loved one, find God in the small things and realize that because of “you” Jesus rose after 3 days and lives today.

2 thoughts on “Maundy Thursday

  1. Kay:

    I’m so glad you posted this today. I really needed something to help me focus on what we, as Christians, are celebrating on these very special days.

    It seems like God’s enemies, both human and demonic, do all they can to make Christmas and Easter so frantic and materialistic that we have to fight fiercely to meditate, worship and praise God in a way that delights His heart.

    May you be blessed during this season.

  2. Thank you for posting this, Kay. Maundy Thursday was a special day in the church I grew up in. We had our first church communion on that night and became full-fledged members of the church. While I know know that the church is God’s people and not just a building, this is a very special Holy Day for me. This was a wonderful reminder for me of just how much encouragement God gives to all believers.

    Be Blessed!

    deni

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