Prayer Bead Devotion: The Way, the Truth, and the Life

This week’s prayer bead devotion focuses on Jesus’ own statement about who He is, and how, through Him, we can come to know God.

Cross: In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Invitatory Bead: “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.’”  (John 14:6 NIV)

1st Cruciform Bead: Jesus Christ, Son of God, I confess that I do not know where I am going.  I don’t know the right path to follow – the one which glorifies you.  Help me, I pray, to give up my attempts to go it alone, and instead to follow you, for you are the Way.

1st set of Week Beads: use each bead to confess the times when you have tried to follow your own path, and to proclaim the need to follow the way of Jesus instead.

2nd Cruciform Bead: Jesus Christ, Son of God, I confess that I do not know the truth.  That I am constantly bombarded with false messages about what should be most important in my life, and where I should devote my time, resources, service, and devotion.  Help me to know your truth – the only truth – by praying, studying your Holy Word, gathering in fellowship with other Christians, and serving in ministry to others in your name.

2nd set of Week Beads: use each to bead to listen for the truth of Jesus Christ, and to meditate on the need to pray, study Scripture, gather with the church, and minister to others.

3rd Cruciform Bead: Jesus Christ, Son of God, I confess that I have no life without you.  Indeed, that it is only because of you that I have the gift of life, the opportunity for a life that is full and rich in your service, and the promise of eternal life in your kingdom.

3rd set of Week Beads: use each bead to thank Jesus for the gift of life; to consider the ways in which, by following Him, your life is fulfilled; and to praise him for the promise of eternal life.

4th Cruciform Bead: Jesus Christ, Son of God, I confess that I cannot know God without knowing you, and without following your way, knowing your truth, and living through you.

4th set of Week Beads: use each bead to pray for understanding of who God is by following the way of His Son, Jesus Christ.

Invitatory Bead: recite the Lord’s Prayer

Cross: In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.

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