For week four of our 24 Hours That Changed the World Lenten spiritual experience, Pastor Barry provided this prayer guide insert for the bulletin.
PVUMC Lenten Discernment Prayer Guide Week 4 – Caregiving
Day 1 – Read John 21:15-17
- Were Jesus’ questions to Simon Peter intended to focus on the depth of his answers?
- What would be our response to those questions?
- How did Peter’s life show his response to Jesus’ answers to him?
Pray: for ways you can show your love for God as you care for His Lambs.
Day 2 – Read Luke 10:29-38
- Who is your neighbor?
- In Verse 33, what made the Samaritan able to see him?
- What did it mean to take pity on him?
- In Verse 34, how did the Samaritan “Take care of him?”
Pray: for God to use you in caring for all of your neighbors.
Day 3 – Read Matthew 25:31-40
- Who is the authority in charge?
- What is the purpose described?
- In verses 35-36, what actions did the king give for the blessing?
Pray: that as in verse 40 you may also be seen as doing for God as you do for the least of your brothers and sisters.
Day 4 – Read John 13:34-35
- How should we respond to a command?
- Do you understand that the command is to love one another as “I” have loved you?
- Jesus says we must do as he commands.
Pray: that you will do as He commands. Pray that His love will show in our lives as His disciples.
Day 5 – Read 1 John 3:16-18
- that we would show love as you lay down your life for a brother or sister
- that our hearts will be filled with love and direct us to care for those in need.
- for God’s love to direct our actions and that we reflect His truth and love
Day 6 – Read Galatians 6:9-10
- that God’s Spirit won’t let you grow weary of doing good
- that God will bring forth His harvest as you persist
- that God will show you His opportunities
- for openness for you to see all people’s needs, especially other believers
Day 7 – Read Proverbs 19:17
- for God to give you a kind heart
- for God to lead you to those you can help
- that the reward of God will encourage you to be even more generous in your love and your caring as you connect hearts to Christ and one another