Today is Tuesday the 20 March, in the Fifth Week of Lent
Prayer of Presence
Holy God, reveal your presence to me this day as I walk this Lenten journey. Help me through the power of your Holy Spirit to walk in the faithful way your Son Jesus Christ has set before me.
Scripture: Isaiah 44:1-5
But now hear, O Jacob my servant Israel whom I have chosen! Thus says the Lord who made you, who formed you in the womb and will help you: Do not fear, O Jacob my servant, Jeshurun whom I have chosen. For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour my spirit upon your descendants, and my blessing on your offspring. They shall spring up like a green tamarisk, like willows by flowing streams. This one will say, “I am the Lord’s,” another will be called by the name of Jacob, yet another will write on the hand, “The Lord’s,” and adopt the name of Israel.
Reflection: Today’s text from the prophet Isaiah assures us of a future with blessing and hope for our ensuing generations. God’s everlasting and steadfast love toward us never fails even when we fall into sin, when we turn away and our hearts grow cold and unloving toward God, when we abuse God’s good gifts, and even after we fall short of magnifying God’s holy name with our lives. Even then, God’s is full of mercy and steadfast love for us and all people. We need not be ashamed of our relationship with God who redeems and restores us, who promises to “help” us, and never to leave or forsake us. We can say to the world with confidence, “I am the Lord’s!”
- Recall a time when God helped you. What happened?
- Do God’s promised blessings on your descendants, including those you will never know or see, give you hope?
- Are you bold to proclaim you belong to the Lord?
Prayer: For the grace to proclaim with conviction that we belong to the Lord!
Concluding Prayer: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen. (Romans 15:13)