Lenten Bible Guide – Week 1

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THE GOSPEL OF JOHN

 

This account of Jesus’ life focuses on relationships. In almost every chapter, we see Jesus interacting with different people in surprising ways. He is loving but firm, confident but not cocky, willing to challenge sin but always with an invitation to redemption. Throughout the narrative we find this message: By believing that Jesus is the Savior we’ve been waiting for, we become participants together in the life Jesus brought out of death.

 

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Wednesday, March 1 – John Chapter 1. This is a longish chapter, but hang in there; it’s worth it. Of particular note is the way Jewish leaders question John the Baptist: “Who are you?” “What do you have to say for yourself?” “What right do you have to baptize?” Pay attention when you hear these questions – they’re often the words Satan (whose name means “accuser”) uses to make us doubt what God is doing in our lives.

 

Prayer ideas: Belief. God’s Light. Witnesses to Jesus’ power. Confidence in the face of accusation. Prompt responsiveness to Jesus’ call.

 

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Thursday, March 2 – John Chapter 2. Jesus’ mother boldly calls on Him to save the party. It’s interesting to consider how His solution is entirely different than what anyone would think to ask for. And it’s better.

 

Prayer ideas: Courage to ask God for what we need. Boldness to tell each other, “Do whatever Jesus tells you.” Belief that what He does will be better than what we can do on our own. New wine. Revelation. Trust in God alone.

 

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Friday, March 3 – John Chapter 3. Exploring faith in Jesus doesn’t always have to be public. Church, and being part of community of faith, is powerful. But new developments sometimes happen in private, when we come to Jesus with questions that feel too dangerous to let others overhear.

 

Prayer ideas: Late night pursuit of Jesus. Courage to ask all your questions honestly. New birth. Eternal life.

 

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Saturday, March 4 – John Chapter 4. Another private conversation, this time with a woman who had no idea how her life was about to change. Jesus shows up where we are and reorients us, recalibrating our perspective on everything we thought we knew. He shows us that we are known by God, loved rather than rejected, and that more is possible than what we’ve settled for.

 

Prayer ideas: Divine love & sensitivity. Discernment in brief encounters. Living water. Harvest. To realize we’re known by Jesus. For all of us to be able to say: “Now we believe, not just because of what you have told us, but because we have heard him ourselves. Now we know that he is indeed the Savior of the world.” (John 4:42)

 

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Sunday, March 5 – John Chapter 5. “Would you like to get well?” What a question. Wounds can become identity – a way of manipulating people so they won’t ask more of us than we think we can give. Jesus offers an alternative, but again, we have to trust that it will be better, and that He can both heal us and set us free.

 

Prayer ideas: To want to get well. Ability to stand in what Jesus does for you when others doubt it or try to tear it down. Freedom from sin. To honor the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

 

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ASK:

What do I see here that I want to pray for myself?

What do I see here that I want to pray for specific people in my life?

What do I see here that everyone needs, that I want to pray for all of us?

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