Scripture Union Daily Guide 1 April 2023 | Devotional
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Today’s Topic: The Anguish of Betrayal
Opening Prayer: Oh Lord, grant me divine guidance as I read and meditate on your word in Jesus name.
Scripture: Mark 14:12 – 26
Question(s) for Reflection
• Q 2: Is there any example for me to follow or not to follow?
• Q 3: Is there any command for me to obey?
Outline For Scripture Union Daily Guide 1 April 2023
Betrayal by anyone is terrible, but betrayal by a close friend or relative must be devastating to say the least (Psalm 41:9). Vs.18-21 show how heavy the impending betrayal was on Jesus’ heart, so he shared this with his disciples (v.19). What do you think Judas Iscariot should have done at this time? Note that though, Jesus knew the disciple who will betray Him, He kept it secret.
Judas had the opportunity to repent from, and discontinue this evil pursuit, but he did not. The greatest tragedy that could befall any man is hardness of heart and refusal to change even when he knows the path he has chosen leads to eternal damnation (Proverbs 29:1; cf. Hebrews 10:26). No wonder, Christ exclaimed, “Woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed” (v.21).
The Passover was a time of sober reflection for the Jews as they remember their deliverance from slavery. Similarly, the Lord’s Supper, inaugurated by Jesus on the night of His betrayal represents a time to reflect on the sacrifice Jesus made to deliver us from sin and Satan (vs.22-26).
And so: Dear Lord, deliver me from hardness of heart and every selfish interest that can cause me to betray you.
• Any new insight or reinforcement of what you already know?
Prayer for the week
► Pray for children, youths, fathers, mothers and brethren who are suffering persecution for their faith.
► Pray for God to give them grace to bear the circumstances that they find themselves.
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NATIONAL PRAYER BULLETIN
PRAYER FOCUS: JESUS: MY ANCHOR
…We have as an Anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast … -Hebrew 6:19
THANK GOD FOR:
► Another month in which the Lord has made.
► Having Jesus as our only hope and anchor. The only one who will keep us in the midst of storm.
► The firm foundation and security we have in Christ Jesus.
► Grace to allow our heart remain steadfast in Christ this month as we trust Him for and in everything.
► Wisdom and knowledge in all we will do this month.
► God’s guidance in all decision that we will make this month.
► Continuing in uncertainty thereby allowing anxiety to take over.
► Losing our confidence in Christ, forgetting that God has a future of hope for us.
Offer a prayer of faith in line with Psalms 34:4
One Year Bible Reading Plan
Deuteronomy 16, 17, Acts 24