Episode 17: Passion Week: Maundy Thursday

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Date: April 9, 2020

“Knowing that God is with us in the dark should encourage us to hold onto Him even more tightly because in the dark we are certain that He is our one good thing. So in the midst of your struggles how are you leaning on God? Are you praying all the more? Are you praying even more earnestly? The darker the room, the tighter we grip and the more we depend and trust on others to lead. So beloved, make it your aim to pray all the more during seasons of darkness so that you might be comforted by His presence all the more.”

Family Worship

Family Worship Devotional Download

Suggested Worship Songs
– How Firm a Foundation
– The Power of the Cross
– When Trials Come

Icebreaker: Take some blue painters tape, and mark a route from one part of the home to another part of the home. The goal is to start on one end and get to the other end. Then do the following:

1. Blind fold members of your family to see if they can accomplish that goal.
2. Have the same blind folded members of your family pick someone to lead them.
To make it more fun, add some random obstacles along the way! But be safe!
3. Then ask: When you were blindfolded, how did you feel about going through the course the first time around? How did you feel differently the second time around?

Passage: Luke 22:43 – “And there appeared to him an angel from heaven strengthening him.”

Key Idea: We have hope because God is present with us even in the dark.

Discussion Questions
1. During this time, what questions and prayers for God do you have that feel unanswered?
2. How does knowing that God is still present with you even in the difficulty comfort you? Relate it to the icebreaker.
3. What are some ways you can better learn to remind yourself of God’s presence during these difficult seasons? (Pray more, meditate on passages more, focusing on the good that God is intending at this current moment for your Christ-likeness, etc.)
4. How does knowing that Jesus was separated from the Father this Holy Week encourage you in your prayers (Hebrews 4:14-16)?

Prayer
1. Pray for the difficulties in your life: Pray especially all the more for them if you feel like you’ve been praying already.
2. Pray for specific truths about God to focus on and to be comforted by.
3. Pray for your hearts to be encouraged by what Jesus did this week: Be separated by God so that you will never have to.
4. Pray for the unbelievers in your life and those who are separated by God: That they might come to know Him and never be separated from Him.