Lent 2023 – Day 37 – Luke 22 v 31-71
“I don’t know him.”
Though we may never directly disown Jesus, we are prone to remain quiet and not speak of him when we feel it will be awkward or even dangerous. We in the UK may not fear for our lives, although there are plenty of places in the world where speaking of Jesus is likely to bring persecution and even death, we do fear hostility, derision or apathy.
It is all too easy to look back and feel anguish that in the moments we knew we should speak we remained silent.
For all of those times this passage is a blessed reminder that Jesus uses us despite of these moments of silence and hesitation.
Peter, one of the closest of Jesus’ disciples, even after these three very public denials is still to be used as the foundation on which Jesus will build his church.
So too with us, in our over confidence or complete lack of any confidence. In our stumbling speaking or our fearful silence. Jesus asks us to join with every disciple through the ages, in building his church. Not the bricks and mortar but the people from our families, friends, colleagues who all need to hear the good news of Jesus.
Hymn: Singing the Faith – 594 “Lord, Jesus Christ you have come to us”
“I don’t know him.”
Let us pray together.
Contemplative PrayerThink of the words in order to understand context and meaning, Feel the meaning of the words with and in your heart, Pray, using the words, for yourself or others. With only a name and without explaining the reasons or pre-defining any answers. Listen for God’s voice in the quiet of your prayers. Pray using your own prayers or one of those which have been prepared below.
Twitter PrayerLord, we thank you that even when we deny you, you are always ready to forgive us and set us once more into your service. Amen
Reflections and PrayersBy Chris Hancock
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Background MusicThe background music in today’s recordings is: Music from Pixabay Relaxing Music Vol.12 – Relaxing Time slightly edited by Chris Hancock as permitted by the Pixabay licence.