(Day Thirteen) Daily Lenten Devotional

Wednesday March 15th (Day Thirteen)

Discerning Jesus’ Call to Transformation

The Power of Prayer and Fasting, Matthew 17:14-21

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 17:14-21 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 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 both are gifts of grace, as well acts of piety and faith that 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. As I ponder further it occurs to me that this failure often opens me to one of my blind spots, which is a tendency to overcompensate by becoming an overachiever, which in turn leads me to strive to measure up in a manner that always leaves me unsatisfied.

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