(Day Two) Daily Lenten Devotional

Thursday, March 2nd (Day Two)

1. Come into God’s (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) loving presence. Feel God’s loving gaze. Offer yourself completely to God.

2. Silently sit before God for 10 minutes.

3. Pray to God for the face of goodness as well as the face of darkness to be revealed in your life.

4. Ask God to reveal darkness within you. What does it look like? Describe it to the best of your ability.

5. Imagine how Jesus leads you in contrast to where the darkness wants to take you.

Read the following. You may use it as a guide or just food for thought:

I pray for the Lord to reveal to me the battle between light and darkness that rages within me. I desire pure light but darkness remains, especially when I feel injustice, or feel unjustly treated. These make me want to lash out. I wish to vanquish these angry feelings from my life. I pray to be able to overcome evil like Jesus overcame evil.

Again, as I ponder the face of evil I see an angry figure, ready to lash out. Evil is always ready to dismiss and to degrade. Evil looks for vulnerability that can be exploited for its own designs. Evil has a mouth ready to spew gossip and stretch the truth. Evil makes consumption, deception, and deceit look justifiable, even good. It draws you in; misery loves company. God is our only refuge from this evil darkness.

When I consider God’s presence I feel that I am provided for; I feel content, and I feel no need to hold onto anything but Christ. I feel detached from the things that evil would use to entice and to ensnare. As I focus on God I feel hope. I am compelled to humbly fall to my knees before God, to faithfully cast my cares and worries before God. I feel I am being lifted up, not because I am doing anything worth being lifted, just by grace. I feel joy, humility, surrender, and detachment being received as a gift of grace. I see Jesus before me. He is gentle, compassionate, yet very authoritative. Jesus can be trusted. I know repentance, belief, peace and truth; all a gift of grace. I feel I want to hold all I own very lightly, willing to let them go to be used for the glory of God and God’s kingdom. I pray to live in accordance with the standard of Jesus Christ!

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