Lent 2020 – Day Nine – Luke 8 Verses 1 – 21
Read Luke Chapter 8 verses 1 – 21.
“A farmer went out to sow his seed.”
One of the things we can be fairly confident in saying bbout each of us is that we are all far too busy. No matter what makes up the tasks of the day they do make us feel as if each moment of the day is filled with activity. We can become so consumed by these activities that there is little time available to set aside for the things of God.
We are at risk of the busyness of life, like the seed in our parable, choking out the word of God and thus preventing us from bringing forth good fruit for the kingdom of God in our lives.
Our challenge as we read the gospel and travel through this season of Lent is to identify where it is that we can start to make room for God’s word in our lives. So that we can hear his word and begin to bear more fruit.
To reflect on our lives and see the things we need to remove from our diaries to make that space. I make no suggestion that this could be easy, as removing things we like to do is certainly a hard choice.
Hymn: Singing the Faith – 130 “We plough the fields and scatter”
“ Therefore consider carefully how you listen.” (v 18 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.
Loving God we thank you for our place as gardeners in your service. Help us to always nurture growing shoots of faith in you. Amen
Loving God you call us to stand out as your followers. To be a lamp which sheds light for all around us. Lord help us when we would rather hide that light than speak of you. Help us always to listen to your encouraging word that we may hear the places you want us to go. Amen
Lord you spoke to us in powerful parables, stories which cause us to stop and think. As we travel may we see opportunities to speak powerful stories of your place in our lives. Let us speak passionately about the love that you have for everyone, about the light which you bring into the darkest of places.
Help us to be gardeners in your service, help us to identify the things which distract us from that work. Be by our side as we prioritise you in our lives and keep us from regretting the things we have given up to make that space for you.