The Upper room contains some of the most intimate teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ. Covering the Gospel According to John, chapters 13-17, we we learn from Him about serving one another, God’s shepherd heart, the seeds of His betrayal, the hope for the future, the Holy Spirit, abiding in Christ, warning about persecution, the promise of peace, the resurrection and the intimate prayer of Jesus with the Father.
This daily blog is a collection of daily devotions that are short commentaries with inspirational thoughts for each day – five days per week – spanning an entire year. These are/were published through the year 2015 and are stored in the website archives, which can be accessed readily on this site. Based on the New American Standard Version (NASB) I hope these will spur you on to further contemplation of how wonderful our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is.
A few notes are in order:
1. The reader will notice that in this devotional commentary we capitalize pronouns and other direct references to Deity, being consistent with the custom of the NASB. However, it should be noted that the original Greek in which the New Testament was written does not make this distinction.
2. Why just five days per week? Our experience is that for most people routines of life revolve around a five day work week, so it is often easier to schedule devotional reading in that framework. This of course leaves the weekends free for alternate readings — which provides variety. We might suggestion on the weekends, the reader read one chapter of Proverbs and three chapters of Psalms each day. In this way, in one year the entire book of Proverbs will be read three times, and the book of Psams twice–with a few days to spare!
3. We suggest taking 15 minutes each workday morning: 1 minute to pray, asking the Lord to open your mind and heart to His voice. 10 minutes for reading and musing on the meditation, 4 minutes for prayer based on devotional for the day. The more specific you can be in your prayer, the better. Remember, the Lord wants to hear from you. Feel free, of course, keep a log of your prayer concerns, so that you can be consistent.
I pray the Lord will use these brief daily meditations to encourage you in your walk with the Lord.