It Is Finished (Week 5): SUNDAY
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.
“For [Jesus’] sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him … that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.” (Phil. 3:10-11)
In the middle of the somber season of Lent, we may get weary. Depending on where you live, the weather may be dreary. Winter tries to hang on. Rain and snow cloud the days. On this Sunday, reflect on Paul’s words:
“ . . . that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.” (Phil. 3:10-11)
As those in Christ, we share in his sufferings and his glory. We participate in struggles as well as new life and resurrection. Don’t lose hope in the weary middle. Christ is present on dreary days. Take his hand daily, until the Day of Resurrection.
On this Sunday, focus on this resurrection verse. If you have not already, memorize it. Ask the Lord for deepened hope in the Day of Resurrection.
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