July 29, 2021
Thank You for being my heavenly Father and my forever Friend.
You listen when no one else listens to me.
You love me unconditionally.
You correct me when I’m wrong, in whatever ways You know that I will respond.
You comfort me when I mourn.
You encourage me when I am discouraged.
You lead me when I am confused.
You carry me when I am weak.
Please help me to be this same kind of
friend to others.
I pray that I will be sensitive to other people; that I will be a true friend who speaks Your truth in love.
I pray that I will respond to others who cry
out for help.
I pray that I will be available when needed.
I pray that I will laugh with and have fun with my friends, rejoice with them as well as comfort them when they need hope.
May I be used by You every day of my life.
May I always share Your love and shine Your light with all others.
And may You always be glorified.
In Jesus’ holy name I pray,
Reflecting on the Names and Nature of God
Jesus: The Man of Sorrows
Jesus is the Man of Sorrows. When the soldiers crushed a crown of thorns on His head, the crown left gashes on His forehead, and blood obscured His vision. When they scourged Jesus with a whip—39 times—the beating left Him in agony. They mocked Him, stripped Him of all dignity and made Him carry His cross to Calvary. Besides the physical torture, Jesus suffered His disciples’ abandonment, Peter’s denial and Judas’s betrayal of Him. But Jesus suffered this all for you.
Lord Jesus, You have endured suffering for me; help me be faithful when mocking and persecution come.
When soldiers nailed Jesus to the cross, Jesus knew it was only a matter of time before He would die. He cried, “I thirst!” (John 19:28). When Jesus took on the sins of the world, He suffered all the spiritual agonies of Hell and cried out, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Mark 15:34). The greatest suffering of all was for the Son of God to be separated from the heavenly Father. There was nothing beautiful in the Man of Sorrows on the cross—except the beauty of salvation it secured. There was nothing lovely—except the salvation of countless souls. There was nothing wonderful—except the praise of the ages to the Lamb who was slain for the sin of the world.
Lord Jesus, I worship You for being the Lamb who was slain for the sin of the world. I praise You for being my Sin Bearer. Amen.
Courtesy of PRIME TIME with GOD