meditation

Obedience, Response, Action

Obedience, Response, Action
Lent 2019

 
 
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Consider the obedience of Noah.

The Lord gave clear instructions to Noah to build a boat in a world where it had not rained. Noah could have done a lot of other things, but he chose obedience in the face of doubt. The Bible says in Genesis 6:22, “Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded him.” Today, we have God’s clear instructions preserved in The Bible. As we pray, let us submit our day to God and pray for His power to help us follow Him as Noah did.

Consider the response of Esther.

She had a special place in the kingdom with access to the king, but at the risk of her own life. Her call from God came through the voice of a trusted friend when her people were in danger. He told her in Esther, chapter 4: “If you keep quiet at a time like this, …you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for such a time as this.” Esther responded with prayer. God proved His faithfulness when she went to the King. As we pray, let’s reflect on where we are and how we can serve others in Jesus’ Name. Lord, reveal to us where we can make a difference for Your Kingdom.

Consider action that is prompted by faith.

In his letter to the early Church, James reminds Christ followers that we are always on call! In ‭‭James‬, chapter ‭2, he writes, “What good is it… if you say you have faith but don’t show it…? …Suppose you see [someone] who has no food or clothing, and you say, “…Have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give [them] any food or clothing. What good does that do?” Our faith is the foundation from which action is launched. As we pray, let us offer ourselves to God as servants whom He can use, and thank Him in anticipation for opportunities to put our faith into action.

Look, Remember, Invite

Look, Remember, Invite
Lent 2019

 
 
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Consider Abram’s doubt.

In our faith journey, it’s ok to be honest with God about our doubts. Abram had been waiting a long time for his promised son with no results and in Genesis, chapter 15, he said to God, “You have given me no descendants of my own, so one of my servants will be my heir.” God did not chastise Abram, but led him outside to encourage him, saying, “Look at the stars! That’s how many decedents you will have.” As we pray, let’s confess our doubts to the Lord and be open to receive His encouragement as we look towards His promises.

Consider David’s confidence.

In 1 Samuel 17, a giant threatened the armies of the Lord and no one dared fight him, except for David, a simple shepherd boy. David had learned to trust God in smaller challenges before, and he was willing to trust God with the big challenge. He said,”The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!” Remember that God is faithful in the big and the small. As we pray, let’s take time to reflect on where we can draw confidence from our past experience with God.

Consider the Holy Spirit.

Peter was summoned to share the Good News about Jesus with a Roman officer and his family. We learn in Acts, chapter 10, that “Even as Peter was saying these things, The Holy Spirit fell on all who were listening to the message.” These people were hearing the gospel for the first time and The Holy Spirit came. He is here today, ready to make His presence known. As we pray, invite the Holy Spirit to fall where we are right now. Ask Him to guide our prayers, stir up our faith, and embolden us to share the message of Jesus Christ.

Trust, Listen, Surrender

Trust, Listen, Surrender
Lent 2019

 
 
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Consider the faithfulness of God.

Hebrews 11:11, “And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise.” Sarah believed the promise because she trusted the Promise Giver. Let us pray to God with confidence today. Pray to God through scripture, declaring His Word. He is faithful to fulfill His promises.

Consider the prayer of Samuel.

1 Samuel 3:7 & 10, “Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.” Samuel said to the Lord, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” He didn’t know what God’s voice sounded like yet, but he wanted to learn. Let us open ourselves to hear from God today, even if we are not sure what He sounds like – just like Samuel, “Speak, Lord. I am willing to listen today.”

Consider the surrender of Jesus.

Philippians 2:6-8, “…He made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant… He humbled himself by becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross! Pray to the Lord regarding surrender. Surrender is when our trust in God meets our willingness to obey Him. Pray specifically about what God may be prompting you to surrender and ask for His help to release it to Him.