Easter Quiet Time
Guided Abiding Time with Jesus
Easter is such a precious time in our faith. One of my favorite ways to celebrate is to simply sit and soak in God’s Word. Below please find a message from my heart that I pray tenderly leads you to a sacred meeting place with Jesus in the Holy of Holies tucked inside your heart. There are no rules…you can do it in one sitting or over several days.
Hear the Word of the Lord
Praise our Abba Father…
a. Psalm 27:4
b. Psalm 84
c. Psalm 90:1-2
d. Psalm 145, especially 14, 17-20
e. Isaiah 43:1-7
Do you know He has called you by name, created you for His glory? Do you know He and He alone is your dwelling place? Journal your thoughts.
See how great is the love of God…
a. Isaiah 1:18 and Isaiah 53:1-12
b. Psalm 51
c. Psalm 139
d. John 8:36
e. Romans 8:1
f. 2 Corinthians 5:17
g. 1 John 1:8-9
Spend a few moments praising God and receive the unfailing love of our awesome God. Journal your thoughts.
Our Savior’s sacrifice…
Jesus Christ… the Son of God…the Author of Life…the Anointed, Chosen One, stepped out of heaven and into our earthly realm, choosing to leave His honored place in heaven. He was born into poverty. He learned obedience. He was hated by His own people, ridiculed and persecuted. His own creation arrested Him, stripped Him naked, and forced a crown of thorns into His head. They beat Him and knelt before Him, mocking: “Hail, King of the Jews.”
When He was so weak He could barely stand, they forced Him to the ground and onto the cross. They stretched out His arms and drove nails into His hands and feet. His blood poured forth onto the ground. Upon crucifying Him, they divided His clothes and kept watch over Him through the night. As He hang dying, many stood at the base of the cross hurling insults at Him, mocking Him.
After hours of agony, darkness fell over the land. Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken Me!” At that moment, the curtain of the Temple ripped in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, rocks split. Tombs broke open. Jesus cried out again in a loud voice, “Father, into your hands, I commit my Spirit.” Upon speaking these words, our Lord and Savior breathed His last breath.
God could have stopped this scene. Jesus could have lifted Himself off the cross, but He chose not to because He saw my name. He saw your name. He saw my sin. He saw your sin. He knew the only price to pay for that sin was death.
Pray this prayer: Lord, Your Word says the sacrifices You desire are a broken and contrite spirit, and a contrite heart You will not despise. Today, I confess my sin, especially _______________. Thank You that Your Word promises that when I confess my sin, You are faithful and just and will forgive my sin and purify me from all unrighteousness. Thank You that Your blood, the blood You shed on the cross sets me free and Your Word promises that when You set me free, I am free indeed! Thank You that according to Your Word there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Thank You that You see me through the blood of Your Son Jesus. Thank You that all things old are gone and the new has come. Thank You that You have washed me white as snow and that my sins are as far away as the east is from the west! Today I receive Your forgiveness and cannot wait to live in the fullness of all You have to offer. AMEN.
Do you understand the depth of this love God has for you, the depth of the sacrifice He made for you and for me? Tell Him so now.
The gift of new life…
As if forgiveness of sins was not enough, God gave us another gift.
Three days later, an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, His appearance like lightning, His clothes white as snow. He rolled back the stone at the tomb. The tomb was empty! The angel said, “Jesus of Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here.” After Jesus appeared to His friends, He was taken up to heaven to sit at the right hand of God, His father.
Because of this gift, you and I receive the opportunity for new life and the gift of God’s Holy Spirit.
Read these powerful words from the Lord:
a. Ezekiel 36:26-27
b. John 14:16-21
c. John 16:13-15
d. Galatians 5:22-23
e. 2 Timothy 1:7
Do you know the joy of having the power and presence of the living God residing within you? Speak to the Spirit and ask Him to fill you with the fullness of God at this moment, to receive all God has for you.
Spend time with the Lord and draw near to His heart…
a. Proverbs 2:1-15
b. Proverbs 4:20-27
c. Isaiah 55:1-3, 6
d. Hebrews 10:19-25
e. Phil 3:7-10
What do you need to consider loss, what do you cling to that keeps you from fully surrendering to Christ? Ask Him to take it from you now.
Sit and soak in God’s presence…just you and His Word…
Scripture teaches that one day at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
a. Joshua 1:8-9
b. Psalm 1:1-6
c. Psalm 63:1-8
d. Isaiah 30:15-18
e. Isaiah 40:28-31
f. Exodus 33:14
Close in prayer…
Thank you, Father, for this precious time to be still and know that You are God. Father, take this time, bless it, take what I have offered to You, and continually remind me of what You have taught me and spoken to my heart. To You alone I give all glory, majesty, power, and authority now and forevermore. Amen
My heart fills with gratitude as I thank God for you! You are the most amazing community of women. Thank you for your prayers and your sweet words of encouragement through the years. I pray that each one of you will experience God in very deep, rich and personal ways as you sit at His feet during this Holy week.
If you feel led to share how the Lord speaks to you through your time alone with Him, I would love to hear from you!