5-5-5 Daily Devotions: Dangerous Prayers, Part 3 – “Break Me” May 2-3, 2020

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S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

 

Conversation Starter

What have you given up that was important to you? Was it worth it?

 

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

Now the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread were only two days away, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were scheming to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him. “But not during the festival,” they said, “or the people may riot.” While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head. Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste of perfume? It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages and the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly.

 

“Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.” Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them. They were delighted to hear this and promised to give him money. So he watched for an opportunity to hand him over. Mark 14:1-11 NIV (Bible.com)

 

This was a prophecy in Isaiah about Jesus: “Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations. He will not quarrel or cry out; no one will hear his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out, till he has brought justice through to victory. In his name the nations will put their hope.” Matthew 12:18-21 NIV (Bible.com)

 

Sermon Insights:

The prayer I am asking you to consider has the potential to forever change our lives: “Lord, break me.”

 

One day, this prostitute met a man, Jesus, who treated her differently. He showed her respect, treated her with dignity, and loved her appropriately. This genuine love so transformed the prostitute that she wanted to show her deep appreciation; she wanted to give sacrificially to show her profound gratitude. Her extravagant act of worship confused everyone else around that day. But it made sense to her: she was wanting to show her extreme gratitude to the one who saved her from her life of sin.

 

Application (5 minutes)

Am I willing to pray the “dangerous prayer,” “Lord, break me”? Why or why not?

What does God’s forgiveness mean to you?

What are you willing to “break” and “pour out” for Jesus?

 

Prayer (5 minutes)

As we think about all that is “broken” and “poured out,” it’s a powerful description of how Jesus gave his life for us. Paul in Romans 12 calls Christians to think of ourselves as “living sacrifices.” Our way of following Jesus is to be “broken” and “poured out” by living in selfless ways. As you pray, consider asking God to reveal what this should look like uniquely in YOUR life.

 

S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

 

Conversation Starter

Give an example of a memorable meal you enjoyed. What was the best part? The food? The location and environment? The people you were with?

 

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

On the first day of the Festival of Unleavened Bread, when it was customary to sacrifice the Passover lamb, Jesus’ disciples asked him, “Where do you want us to go and make preparations for you to eat the Passover?” So he sent two of his disciples, telling them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him. Say to the owner of the house he enters, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ He will show you a large room upstairs, furnished and ready. Make preparations for us there.” The disciples left, went into the city and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.

 

When evening came, Jesus arrived with the Twelve. While they were reclining at the table eating, he said, “Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me—one who is eating with me.” They were saddened, and one by one they said to him, “Surely you don’t mean me?” “It is one of the Twelve,” he replied, “one who dips bread into the bowl with me. The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born.” While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take it; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and they all drank from it. “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many,” he said to them. “Truly I tell you, I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. Mark 14:12-26 NIV (Bible.com)

 

Sermon Insights:        

In this story, Jesus is with his closest followers in an upper room sharing the Passover meal. It was the night before he was betrayed, beaten, and crucified.

 

Jesus knows what is coming and is instituting what we call the “Lord’s Supper” or “Communion.”

                                                  

Application (5 minutes)

Communion is more than a ritual meal to remember the sacrifice of Jesus. It is a reminder of a way of life. How are you allowing God to use you?

 

It is highly significant that Jesus chose to spend the last hours before his suffering with his closest friends, even Judas. What relationships do you have that sustain you through difficult times?

 

What other application would you make from this passage to your life?

 

Prayer (5 minutes)

Think about what Jesus did in the last hours before his suffering: he prayed, he ate, he taught, he spent time with his friends, he sung a worship song, he looked forward to the future. Consider asking God to fill your life with meaningful relationships.

 

S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

 

Conversation Starter

When it comes to preparation, do you 1) live by a calendar and a to-do list, 2) like the idea of being prepared though rarely are, or 3) love just “seeing what happens”?

 

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:   

Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.” “Where do you want us to prepare for it?” they asked. He replied, “As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters, and say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ He will show you a large room upstairs, all furnished. Make preparations there.” They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.

 

When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.” After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you. Luke 22:7-20 NIV (Bible.com)

 

Sermon Insights:  

Some scholars believe that when Jesus said, “do this,” it actually has a dual meaning: first, we remember and spend time with Jesus in thought and prayer; second, we are called to live as Jesus lived and love as Jesus loved—a picture of dying to self daily so we can live for his glory.

 

Application (5 minutes)

As you consider what God is saying to you through this passage, what do you think about the idea of the “dual meaning”? Do you think Jesus was just talking about taking communion or something more?

 

The disciples had no idea what had been set in motion or what Jesus had specifically prepared for this night. They found themselves being loved, taught, challenged, and even dismayed. Most trusted Jesus, even though they did not understand what was coming. One decided he had enough of Jesus and bailed out. When you find yourself surprised by your situation in life, do you lean closer to Jesus in trust or back up in distrust?

 

Are you willing to pray a dangerous prayer, “Lord—break me”? What does that mean to you?

 

Prayer (5 minutes)

Consider praying the dangerous prayer, “Lord, break me and pour me out.” Ask God how he wants to use you!

 

S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

 

Conversation Starter

What is a gift you gave to someone that made you truly happy to give it?

 

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain. But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. So you too should be glad and rejoice with me. Philippians 2:12-18 NIV (Bible.com)

 

Sermon Insights:

We can impress people with our strengths, abilities and smarts, but we connect with people through our weakness and brokenness.

 

Application (5 minutes)

Consider making a list of the words in this passage you want to describe you. Anything God needs to “break” in you to accomplish this list in your life?

 

What are your thoughts about this particular “Sermon Insight”?

 

Prayer (5 minutes)

As you pray, consider thanking God for “working in” you, and ask Him for the wisdom and strength to “work out” your salvation with fear and trembling. Think of it this way: God “works in you” by giving you life and opportunity, and you head to the gym to “work out” and get stronger! God gives you a body…it’s up to you to strengthen it! God gives you a mind..it’s up to you to develop it! God gives you life…it’s up to you to give it back!

 

S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

 

Conversation Starter

Who was your favorite teacher and why?

 

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

(The Apostle Paul to Timothy, a young church leader) In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.

 

But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry. For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight, I  have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. 2 Timothy 4:1-8 NIV (Bible.com)

 

Sermon Insights:

Let’s pray dangerous prayers so we can serve Jesus with all of our hearts: leading people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ!

 

Application (5 minutes)

What does a true leader look like? Is it someone who is afraid to get their hands dirty, or someone who boldly gives themselves away to honor Jesus and bring others to him?

 

Do you allow trusted leaders to “correct, rebuke and encourage” you? Do you provide these gifts for others, “with great patience and careful instruction”?

 

Prayer (5 minutes)

As Pastor Greg encouraged us to pray, consider offering this prayer to your Heavenly Father, “God, break me, so I can be fully dependent on you. Whatever it takes, God, I want to know you intimately and serve you faithfully. Break me, God, that I might know you!”

 

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