It Is Finished (Week 5): MONDAY
With all the noise in the world, do you hear the voice of God? Your calendar tells you what to do, but do you remember who you are? Being comes before doing. This is a call to put first things first. Return to the Lord with this daily pattern of prayer and devotion. Set aside this time as a sanctuary. Find a space free of distraction and follow this pattern.
O God, “may my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry” (Psalm 88:2). Relieve my distress. Satisfy my needs. Hear my prayer. Amen.
O Father in heaven, you made me to desire you above all else. To follow hard after you in all things. To live on every word you speak. And yet my desire for you is often small. My obedience is fleeting. I listen to other voices. Forgive my sin for the sake of Jesus. Amen.
“I thirst.” (John 19:28)
This word from the cross is a word of suffering: “I thirst.” Two words reveal genuine, human pain. Jesus endured the pain of our humanity to the fullest extent. Although divine, he claimed no exemption from our deepest human needs, including thirst. His pain was our pain. “He took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows.” He is the Sufferer who embodied all suffering. We can never say, “God doesn’t know my pain.” In saying “I thirst,” Jesus demonstrated an intimate knowledge of all our needs. Reflect on all your deepest needs. Remember that Jesus is the “living water” that meets them all (John 4:10).
God of the needy, I am in need of what you give. I thirst for you. Come, Lord, come. Amen.
Lord Jesus, you promised to give living water to all who ask. Satisfy my thirsty soul and fill me to overflowing. Send me in your name. May your abundant life flow through me to others. Amen.
*Today's devotion is taken from It Is Finished by Jeff Cloeter, published by CTA – Christ to All at ctainc.com