DayLight Scripture – He was despised and avoided by others; a man who suffered, who knew sickness well. Like someone from whom people hid their faces, he was despised, and we didn’t think about him. It was certainly our sickness that he carried, and our sufferings that he bore, but we thought him afflicted, struck down by God and tormented.
Isaiah 53: 3-4
DayLight Prayer – Lord, As we begin this journey to the cross, help us to contemplate our relationship to Jesus and what happened in Jerusalem. Are there any who do not believe? Are there any who doubt? May your Holy Spirit minister to us as we look upon the suffering of your son. May we see the depth of his sacrifice. Amen.
DayLight Scripture – Those in front of him and those following were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Mark 11: 9
DayLight Prayer – Lord, All of us who experience life have been created by you. My prayer is that this day we remember you with voices that say “Hosanna!” Let your spirit within us give us joy in knowing you and your grace. Amen.
DayLight Scripture – He won’t break a bent stalk, and he won’t snuff out a smoldering wick, until he makes justice win.
Matthew 12: 20
DayLight Prayer – Lord, I know that as long as any person is oppressed by another, and power is used to hurt, and innocents are imprisoned, then none of us is really free. Give me courage to speak out for the weak, the powerless and the vulnerable. Amen.
DayLight Scripture – If I speak in tongues of human beings and of angels but I don’t have love, I’m a clanging gong or a clashing cymbal.
1 Corinthians 13:1
DayLight Prayer – Lord, In the midst of our days, help us to be more than noise. Give us the ability to rise above the frustrations and love one another. Amen.
DayLight Scripture – The Lord is my light and my salvation. Should I fear anyone? The Lord is a fortress protecting my life. Should I be frightened of anything?
DayLight Prayer – Lord, If I walk in your light today, then I will be saved from all things that may harm me. I know that your protection follows me and I won’t be afraid. My prayer today is for anyone who cannot feel the light of your love though they may desperately desire it. Help them, Lord. Come to their rescue. Raise the curtain of darkness that overshadows their heart and fill them with light, love, and grace. Amen.
DayLight Scripture – They continued to question Jesus, so he stood up and replied, “Whoever hasn’t sinned should throw the first stone.”
DayLight Prayer – Lord, you know all of our hearts. You know our sins which are many. Lord forgive us when we judge, and take it upon our selves to identify the good from the bad, the wicked from the saint, the right theology from the wrong. Help us to remember that none of us are above sin nor can we cast a stone at another. Forgive us when we do. Help us to let you be judge. Amen.
DayLight Scripture – Don’t I have the right to do what I want with what belongs to me? Or are you resentful because I’m generous? So those who are last will be first. And those who are first will be last.
Matthew 20: 15-16
DayLight Prayer – Lord, Today I pray for those of us who are unable to make a living wage; for the children who go to school without the necessities that their peers take for granted, for the seniors who must choose between buying food or buying medicine, and the parents who scrimp on their own supper in order to be sure their kids have enough. Lord, help me, help us to understand that we each have basic human needs whether we are rich, with plenty, or poor, without. Give us the generosity of heaven with which to deal with one another. Give us courage and faith to become your provisioning hands. Amen.
DayLight Scripture – Jesus came to seek and save the lost.
DayLight Prayer – Lord, I pray today for any soul who is feeling lost. I know that you are looking for them…to speak words of hope, encouragement, and love to them. I pray that they will be able to hear your beckoning voice and will be able to feel your presence. Your love is light and vital to us, so help us be in your saving light. Amen.
DayLight Scripture – I tell you, joy breaks out in the presence of God’s angels over one sinner who changes both heart and life.”
DayLight Prayer – Lord, My prayer today is for all of us sinners. God, help us to see how, when, and why we sin. Show us exactly what these actions, which we know are abhorrent to you, place holes in our souls and lives. Let us see how our sins damage others. Send your Spirit to whisper to us how our sins grieve your holy heart. Lord, give us strength to face our sins, and give us power over them so that we can repent and live right. In your mercy, hear my prayer and forgive me through Jesus. Amen.
DayLight Scripture – “You have heard that it was said to those who lived long ago, Don’t commit murder, and all who commit murder will be in danger of judgment. But I say to you that everyone who is angry with their brother or sister will be in danger of judgment. If they say to their brother or sister, ‘You idiot,’ they will be in danger of being condemned by the governing council. And if they say, ‘You fool,’ they will be in danger of fiery hell.
Matthew 5: 20-21
DayLight Prayer – Lord, Today I pray for those of us who use words to express ourselves. Forgive us when we use them to break down the worth of others, and to diminish others’ self-esteem. Forbid us to use our words to intentionally rob people of the regard of others or make them feel unworthy, ignorant, stupid or useless. Help us to know the gravity of our unloving and hurtful speech, even and especially on social media where it is so easy to be rude and crude! Help us to remember to honor one another as God’s creations and ones whom God loves. Amen.