(Day Ten) Daily Lenten Devotional
Saturday, March 11th (Day Ten)
Discern Interior Movements of Healing and Intimacy with God
The Power of Prayer and Fasting, Matthew 17:14-21
Come into God’s (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) loving presence. Feel God’s loving gaze. Offer yourself completely to God.
Silently sit before God for 10 minutes.
Read Matthew 17:14-21 five times very slowly. The time, simply and reverently read it, allowing God’s word to flow over you. The time be aware of any verse word, phrase or concept that God is revealing to you as you read. Meditate silently for several minutes what the Lord has given you. During the reading allow a prayer to formulate in your heart and offer that prayer to God. As the Scripture is read a time, allow yourself to be drawn into the biblical scene as if you are living it right now. Be aware of any physical sensations, thoughts, or emotions that may arise. Journal your experience in detail. The and final reading should be a reading of unknowing. Simply rest in the mystery of God’s presence and God’s Word, peacefully and with great joy.
Journal important aspects of the entire experience.
Read the following as food for thought:
Prayer is our intentional turning toward God and fasting is a way to open the door of our heart to invite Jesus in. Prayer is the meeting point, fasting is an entry point. These are both gifts of grace, as well acts of piety and faith, which bring us closer to Jesus, and offer us a deeper sense of God’s presence. Prayer and fasting are in fact indicative of our trust and faith in God. I ponder the times when I failed to pray and fast, thinking I could take care of a situation without meeting God and inviting God into my heart to address the situation. This rarely, if ever, has led to a good outcome.