Today is Tuesday the 27 February, in the Second Week of Lent
- Is adherence to the 10 Commandments burdensome or liberating to you?
- Has your love for people increased as your love for God increases?
Today is Monday the 26 February, in the Second Week of Lent
- What is one thing that God has liberated you from?
- Is your worship of God based on fear or gratitude?
- Is your assurance of God’s love for you deepened when you worship?
Today is Sunday the 25 February, the Second Sunday of Lent
- When was the most recent time you spoke up or stood up for Christ? How did others respond? How did you respond?
Today is Saturday the 24 February, in the First Week of Lent
- In what ways have you suffered or experienced rejection because you were a follower of Christ?
- Has Jesus ever put you in your place after you asserted your own will over his?
Today is Friday the 23 February, in the Season of Lent
- Has your faith and hope in God strengthened over the years?
- Would the people you know and associate with describe you as a person of faith and obedience to God? Why or why not?
Today is Thursday the 22 February, in the Season of Lent
- Do you believe “in God” or do you believe God? What difference does that make when you face trials, setbacks, disappointments, sorrow, and pain in life?
- What do you own that has a guarantee? Are you confident that your guarantee will be honored if you present a rightful claim for it? Do you have as much confidence in God’s guarantees to you? List three guarantees you can claim from God?
- For the grace to “believe God.”
Today is Wednesday the 21 February, in the Season of Lent
- What is your salvation story about God that needs to be shared with the world?
- Who would resonate with your God story if you would tell it? Why?
- Is it easy for you to share your story of God’s salvation with others? Why or why not?
Today is Tuesday the 20 February, in the Season of Lent
- What stories of God’s kindness and saving mercy toward you do you want your future generations to remember and talk about with their children and their children’s children?
- Will your commitment to corporate worship and your local church membership vows – Prayers, Presence, Gifts, Service, and Witness – serve as a positive example your future generations can follow?
- Of the five membership vows you made to God – Prayers, Presence, Service, Gifts, and Witness – which is the easiest to keep? The most difficult? Ask God for the grace to fulfill all of your vows with praise and thanksgiving!
Today is Monday the 19 February, in the Season of Lent
Centering Prayer: A Prayer by St. Anselm of Canterbury
Teach me to seek you, and reveal yourself to me as I seek; for unless you instruct me I cannot seek you, and unless you reveal yourself I cannot find you. Let me seek you in desiring you; let me desire you in seeking you. Let me find you in loving you; let me love you in finding you.
Scripture: Today’s reading is from Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 (NRSV)
17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me and be blameless.
17:2 And I will make my covenant between me and you, and will make you exceedingly numerous.”
17:3 Then Abram fell on his face; and God said to him,
17:4 “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You shall be the ancestor of a multitude of nations.
17:5 No longer shall your name be Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you the ancestor of a multitude of nations.
17:6 I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you.
17:7 I will establish my covenant between me and you, and your offspring after you throughout their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you.
17:15 God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name.
17:16 I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall give rise to nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.”
Reflection: God makes numerous one-sided declarations, or promises/covenants, to Abraham in this passage of scripture. Abraham will not live to see the promises God makes to him realized. He will not see his future grandchildren become kings and queens. He will not live to see the multitude of nations that will claim him as their ancestor. And yet, Abraham believes the promises will come true because he believes the Promiser, Abraham was fully convinced that God was able to do what he promised.
God foresees greater things for us and our descendants than what we can foresee and promises to show loving kindness to the thousandth generation (Exodus 20:6) when we entrust our lives to him through Jesus Christ.
Questions for Reflection:
- Which promises of God are you holding on to?
- Even though your name may not have changed like Abraham’s or Sarah’s (verses 5 and 15), how has your purpose in life changed because of your faith?
Prayer Focus: For the return of the descendants of Christian parents that have left the Christian faith and the church.
Jesus, may all that is you flow into me. May your body and blood be my food and drink. May your passion and death be my strength and life. Jesus, with you by my side, enough has been given. May the shelter I seek be the shadow of your cross. Let me not run from the love which you offer, But hold me safe from the forces of evil. On each of my dyings shed your light and your love. Keep calling to me until that day comes, when with your saints, I may praise you forever. Amen.