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Wednesday in Holy Week

Have you ever wished that you were somewhere other than where you are now? Or dreamed of a different life from the one you have? Maybe you’ve wondered what it would be like to have their life (whoever they are). These thoughts are particularly deceptive temptations designed to cheat us out of the joy in the present moment.
Whenever we dwell on what we don’t have, and what the future would be like if we had it, we miss the blessings of here and now. Whenever we dwell on a bad decision we made, and what today would be like if we had made a better choice, we also miss the blessings of today.
The best way to combat these tempting thoughts is to repent. Rethink your thinking, and in so doing, gain a biblical perspective.
Last week, when I was at a stoplight, I saw a bumper sticker that read “”God is my co-pilot.”” If that’s true, I thought, please swap seats immediately! The reality is, there is no “”co”” about it. We are not in control. We’re just along for the ride that has been planned for us by the Creator of the universe, with unfathomable love and attention.
As you read these words, all things are working together for your good (see Romans 8:28). You’ve been died for. You can trust the One who sent His only begotten Son to take your regrets and “”if onlys”” upon Himself. They’ve been nailed to the cross. This is the secret of contentment, which is really no secret at all.

Prayer: “Almighty God, I surrender my worries to you. I have asked, You will supply. Thank You for Your steadfast love and saving power. Thank You for grace upon grace. Please guard my heart and mind today with peace that surpasses all understanding, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen” (excerpt from Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia’s Focus Me, 2017).

Devotion written by the Rev. Jeff Morlock

This daily prayer and Bible reading guide, Devoted to Prayer (based on Acts 2:42), was conceived and prepared by the Rev. Andrew S. Ames Fuller, director of communications for the North American Lutheran Church (NALC). After several challenging years in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been provided with a unique opportunity to revitalize the ancient practice of daily prayer and Scripture reading in our homes. While the Reading the Word of God three-year lectionary provided a much-needed and refreshing calendar for our congregations to engage in Scripture reading, this calendar includes a missing component of daily devotion: prayer. This guide is to provide the average layperson and pastor with the simple tools for sorting through the busyness of their lives and reclaiming an act of daily discipleship with their Lord. The daily readings follow the Lutheran Book of Worship two-year daily lectionary, which reflect the church calendar closely. The commemorations are adapted from Philip H. Pfatteicher’s New Book of Festivals and Commemorations, a proposed common calendar of the saints that builds from the Lutheran Book of Worship, but includes saints from many of those churches in ecumenical conversation with the NALC. The introductory portion is adapted from Christ Church (Plano)’s Pray Daily. Our hope is that this calendar and guide will provide new life for congregations learning and re-learning to pray in the midst of a difficult and changing world.

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