Prayer 556 - Good Friday
by Kaitlyn Wood on April 1st, 2021
Just five days ago there was fanfare and celebration as Jesus arrived in Jerusalem. Friday is filled with Jesus' arrest in the early morning, quickly followed by trials, betrayal, and eventually the pain and suffering of the cross.Pause.It's easy to want to rush to good news of Sunday. But the resurrection is meaningless without the darkness of Friday's events.The cross stands at the center of our...
Prayer 556 - Thursday of Holy Week
by Kaitlyn Wood on March 31st, 2021
There are so many things we could focus on today, Maundy Thursday. On Thursday, Jesus celebrates the Passover meal with His disciples, washes their feet, ushers in the New Covenant marked by communion, prays in the garden, and is arrested. Each of these moments will be remembered at various points in tonight's livestream & zoom call.But there is one part of this story that is so profound and chall...
Prayer 556 - Wednesday of Holy Week
by Kaitlyn Wood on March 30th, 2021
Yesterday was filled with teaching and lessons, but Wednesday is mostly quiet for Jesus. Scripture tells us that, after doing ministry in Jerusalem, Jesus returns each night to his friends' house in Bethany. The city was probably quite full with Passover visitors, so it makes sense that Jesus would stay with friends outside of the city (about a mile and a half). We assume that he is probably stay...
Prayer 556 - Tuesday of Holy Week
by Kaitlyn Wood on March 29th, 2021
Tuesday of Holy Week is filled with all sorts of teaching and activity. Tucked in the midst of all the words are two stories that might get overlooked. Before we get to the passages and reflections, let me remind you of this truth - In a week when Jesus would journey to the cross. A week when Jesus was making plans to celebrate his last meal with the disciples, making waves among the church leader...
Prayer 556 - Monday of Holy Week
by Kaitlyn Wood on March 28th, 2021
Yesterday we celebrated Palm Sunday, the day that Jesus makes a triumphant entrance into Jerusalem amidst the crowds of cheering on-lookers. But the cheering and the excitement don't last long. Jesus doesn't spend his last week laying low, he takes the time for some intense final lessons before his time is up. Every day this week we will take time to walk with Jesus through his last days and ask G...
Prayer 556 - Week 5, Friday
by Kaitlyn Wood on March 25th, 2021
It's Friday! Next week is Holy Week, and we will spend the week praying through the last days of Jesus' ministry. At the end of the post today, our weekly review is included. You can take time to go through these questions during your morning practice today, or use them over the weekend. I prefer to do them on Sunday afternoon/evening as I am closing out one week and preparing for another. I'd lov...
Prayer 556 - Week 5, Thursday
by Kaitlyn Wood on March 24th, 2021
One of the most difficult aspects of prayer is that we have a hard time knowing whether or not God is there and listening. It would be so much easier if he would just answer, right?Scripture tells us that God speaks and responds when we cry out to him. Can you hear him?Read.Jeremiah 33:1-3 (MSG)While Jeremiah was still locked up in jail, a second message from God was given to him:"This is God's me...
Prayer 556 - Week 5, Wednesday
by Kaitlyn Wood on March 23rd, 2021
Do you ever feel at a loss for words in prayer? Unsure what to say or how to say it? What if Jesus walked up to you and asked you directly what you wanted...In our Scripture reading this morning, this is exactly what happens. Jesus is walking toward Jericho when a blind man cries out to him. Jesus asks the man plainly, "What do you want from me?" even though he certainly could have guessed. But Go...
Prayer 556 - Week 5, Tuesday
by Kaitlyn Wood on March 22nd, 2021
It can be easy to think of prayer as a solo event, after all, Jesus did tell us to go alone to a room to pray in secret! But there are seasons when we are weary from battle, and times when we just aren't sure we can keep praying for something. In this morning's passage, we see that God sets us in community for that very reason.Read.Joshua 17: 10-13So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had orde...
Prayer 556 - Week 5, Monday
by Kaitlyn Wood on March 21st, 2021
Let's take this week to talk about prayer. Some of you may feel like you've got a great prayer life, that you hear from God throughout the day, and you feel confident in prayer. Others may feel like they never know what to say, or start with good intentions and get side tracked, or never really take the time. Many of you will be somewhere in between these.Have you ever heard someone pray out loud ...
Prayer 556 - Week 4, Friday
by Kaitlyn Wood on March 18th, 2021
We've made it to another Friday! We're a month into this daily rhythm of morning reflection & prayer and I would love to hear what you're noticing through it. I'll include the weekly questions at the bottom of this post for you to use sometime this weekend.This morning we will spend one last day thinking about the image of water. It is probably one that you will be quite familiar with. This passag...
Prayer 556 - Week 4, Thursday
by Kaitlyn Wood on March 17th, 2021
Consistency in our lives (matching our inner and outer selves) is one of the hardest things to accomplish in our spiritual walk. The consistency in our lives reveals the depths of the roots we talked about at the beginning of last week. In the passage we will read this morning, James doesn't mince words about the inconsistencies in our lives.Read these words with an open and honest heart:Read.Jame...