(Day Twelve) Daily Lenten Devotional
Tuesday, March 14th (Day Twelve)
Discerning Jesus’ Call to Transformation
Prayer and Fasting, Mathew 6:5-18
1. Come into God’s (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) loving presence. Feel God’s loving, healing gaze come over you. Offer yourself completely to God.
2. Silently sit before God for 10 minutes.
3. Read Matthew 6:5-18 five times very slowly. The first time, simply and reverently read it, allowing God’s word to flow over you. The second 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 third reading allow a prayer to formulate in your heart and offer that prayer to God. As the Scripture is read a fourth 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 fifth 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.
4. Journal important aspects of the entire experience.
Read the following. You may use it as a guide or just food for thought
Prayer and fasting are practices that open avenues to a closer walk with Jesus. It strikes me how prayer and fasting are connected and even contextualized within forgiveness and humility. This corresponds well with the concept of contemplation in action. Our treasures in heaven are then souls who have become conscious of God’s love which they felt through and in us, as God’s love passes through us, and touched them. This is a humbling thought.