Use the following ideas for private or household devotions during Holy Week. If used for personal devotions, you might want to record your reflections on the discussion questions in a journal. If you are having devotions with your family or friends, give each person an opportunity to participate. Discuss new words such as “salvation,” “temptation,” or “disciples” with young children. You might want to light a candle before you begin.
Monday in Holy Week
Read: Romans 3:21-38
Discuss: What do these verses say about salvation? What role do we play in obtaining eternal life?
Pray: Lord God, we thank you for calling us to you and ask that our actions, along with our hearts and lips, confess our faith. Amen
Tuesday in Holy Week
Read: Matthew 21:12,13
Discuss: The money changers and merchants were actually stealing from the people in the house of God, in the name of God. People often were cheated when they bought animals to be sacrificed, or changed Greek and Roman currency into Jewish currency to pay temple taxes. Are there things going on in our lives and churches that might anger Jesus?
Pray: Thank you for giving us places to worship where we are nourished and cherished by you. Help us to keep our lives and our churches open to your will, not our own desires. Amen
Wednesday in Holy Week
Read: Luke 22:39-46
Discuss: Notice Jesus warns the disciples against temptation. Why did Jesus give that warning to his disciples? What experiences have we had with temptation as we have walked with God?
Pray: Hold us tight, O Lord. Give us the strength to resist evil and keep our hearts and minds on you. Amen
Read: Luke 22:14-23
Discuss: Imagine sitting at that table with Jesus. Hear him speak. Have you ever shared what turned out to be a last meal with someone (before they left home, moved, or died)? Recall that experience. Now reflect again on Jesus’ last supper with the disciples. How might the disciples have felt when they looked back on it?
Pray: Ask family members to contribute to a prayer using the ACTS formula—Adoration (focus on the attributes of God, offer praise and worship), Confession (confess your sins to God), Thanksgiving (for all you have received) and Supplication (requests on behalf of others and yourself).
Read: John 19:17-19
Discuss: Talk about the victory revealed in the title Pilate put on the cross. Ask each person present to complete the sentence “To me the cross means…”
Pray: Dear Lord God, let us bow in awe beneath your cross so that from it, we may feel and learn the importance of it in our lives. Amen
Read: Exodus 15:1-11
Discuss: How does the song Miriam sang at the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt fit the events of Holy Week? How do our lives reflect our knowledge of the events of Easter? What could we do today to celebrate God’s majesty and power?
Pray: O Lord, our strength and our salvation, praise be to your name. Amen