(Day Twenty One) Daily Lenten Devotional

Friday, March 24th (Day Twenty One)

Discerning the Effect of the Lord’s Sacrifice on Your Life

Jesus Weeping Over Jerusalem, Luke 13:34-35 and Luke 19:41-44

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. Read Luke 13:34-35; 19:41-44 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:

I see tears of disappointment, and compassion. This is what I see as I watch Jesus. He wants to heal his people but they will have nothing to do with it. He knows this rejection will result in destruction. I begin to think of all the times I disappointed Jesus; times when I barely avoided destruction, by the grace of God. I think of how Jesus must be weeping as he watches the world today. Jesus wants to heal us, wants us to live out of God’s love and God’s shalom. Maybe God’s weeping would turn to tears of joy if we would turn in earnest, crying out “heal us Lord.” I pray; “Lord I am sorry for all the times I disappointed you. I come to you and I fall at your feet. Gather us Lord, heal us Lord, Lord bring peace to this world.” I then listen and heard Jesus say, “I am doing a new thing; peace and healing will occur, but only after this period of chaos and pain has run its course. A new thing is coming and it is coming soon.”

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