Lent 2020 – Day Five – Luke 4
Read Luke Chapter 4.
“His teaching was so forthright, so confident, so authoritative…”
The world of successful xxx (fill in the blanks with your own, profession/sport/interest) often uses the rule of the 3 P’s. So much so that there are a wide range of variations of the meaning of each of the P’s.
Passion, Preparation, Persistence
Practice, Planning, Positive Thinking
Preparation, Produces Performance etc…..
As Jesus spends time in the wilderness he is preparing and during this time he is certainly passionate and persistent in the face of hostility.
We too can apply these elements of our faith both in our daily walk with Jesus as we too face temptations from the world to wander from the path and into our opportunities of speaking of the gospel’s Good News. In this period of Lent we find pray that we will make the time available so that we can spend it, planning and practicing persistently. In that way we too may be prepared to speak passionately about our own experiences of our relationship with God.
Hymn: Singing the Faith – 661 “Give me the faith which can remove”
Today’s passage spoke to me
“ I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God …” (v 43 NIV)
Let us pray together.
Think 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.
Lord make me strong to resist the temptations of the world that would lead me away from you. Amen
Dear Lord make me a confident speaker in your name. Help me to be forthright and confident when speaking of your place in my life. When I speak of your love for me, may I shine with the light you have placed into my life, so that all may see that you are my Saviour. Amen
Lord we are often tempted, to do what is not quite right or perhaps more often to not do what is right. Help us in those moments of temptations to hold fast to your commandment that we should love one another. Help us to live our that commandment and through our lives show that you are our Saviour.
Lord we pray that when we remember the great gift you have given to each one of us may we be passionate about sharing the message you have for the world with everyone we meet. Help us to be sensitive in our speaking of the Good News so that we can build up and not damage relationships. That we can draw others into relationship with you and not drive them away with our words. Lord we pray that your Holy Spirit be active in our lives and that you will take our stumbling words and through the power of the Spirit work wonders in the lives of those around us. Amen