The Upper Room Discourse in John 13-17 contains some of the most intimate teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ. We learn from Him about serving one another, God’s shepherd heart, the seeds of His betrayal, the hope for the future, the Holy Spirit, abiding in Christ, warning about persecution, the promise of peace, the resurrection, and the intimate prayer of Jesus with the Father.
This daily blog is a collection of daily devotions that are short commentaries with inspirational thoughts for each day—five days per week—spanning an entire year. These were published throughout 2015 and are stored in the website archives, which can be accessed readily on this site. I hope these will spur you on to further contemplation of how wonderful our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is.
A few notes are in order:
1. The reader will notice that in this devotional exposition series we capitalize pronouns and other direct references to Deity, being consistent with the pattern of the NASB, which is the version used. However, it should be noted that the original Greek in which the New Testament was written does not make this distinction.
2. Why just five days per week? Our experience is that for most people, routines of life revolve around a five-day work week, so it is often easier to schedule devotional readings in that framework. This, of course, leaves the weekends free for alternate readings—which provides variety. We might suggest on the weekends, the reader read one chapter of Proverbs and three chapters of Psalms each day. In this way, in one year the entire book of Proverbs will be read three times, and the book of Psalms twice—with a few days to spare!
3. We suggest taking 15 minutes each workday morning: one minute to pray, asking the Lord to open your mind and heart to His voice; ten minutes for reading and musing on the meditation; and four minutes for prayer based on devotional for the day. The more specific you can be in your prayer, the better. Remember, the Lord wants to hear from you. Feel free, of course, keep a log of your prayer concerns so that you can be consistent.
I pray the Lord will use these brief daily meditations to encourage you in your walk with Him.
NOTE: To begin this series, click here. After reading each E-Med, click on the link to the next one found at the end of the current reading.