It Is Finished (Week 5): SATURDAY
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.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” (Matt. 5:6)
In our world, those who hunger and thirst are to be pitied. The needy are charity cases. We may even consider them to be cursed. “What did they do wrong?” In the Beatitudes, Jesus addresses hunger and thirst as “blessed” attributes. He adds “the poor in spirit,” the “meek,” and “those who mourn.” Those who are empty and long to be filled, yes, these are the “blessed” God is pleased to care for those in distress. When we “thirst,” we come to see that only God can satisfy and only Jesus saves. Identify a “distress” that has led you to greater reliance on God.
Jesus, you fed 5,000. So satisfy me. Where I am empty and in need, fill me with your good gifts. 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