|Posted by Lorraine Serra on February 14, 2013 at 2:45 PM|
LENTEN MEDITATIONS – JOURNEY TO VICTORY
It struck me this morning as I was praying for my sister-in-law who is recovering from a surprise quadruple bypass, that prayer is such a spectacular weapon. So often we, and the world around us, public and personal, are so distracted by the duties of the day, that it takes a sudden calamity to get our attention.
Laid bare, helpless, trembling, perhaps bleeding, bruised and battered, in a moment life is changed forever. And in that moment, even the most stalwart soul cries out for help.
But to whom do you cry? Forgive me if I may sound a bit sarcastic, but I remember that when our son suffered a stroke last year at age 17, the well-meaning folks who offered “good thoughts” left me with little comfort. Thinking of us in our difficulty was surely loving and sincere, but did it really help?
When I am in the battle for life, for wholeness, for healing, I want spectacular weapons for my warfare, not just best wishes and good thoughts. I want to enter the battle on someone's behalf with big guns. And I want other prayer warriors alongside me! The ultimate weapon is ours because of our new life in Jesus.
Prayer is that weapon. It is the gift from God through Jesus Christ, Who has become for us the Gateway, the Door, the Provider of Access to the Almighty. "The effective fervent prayer of the righteous person avails much." James 5:16
Prayer is our place of intimacy with the One who says come to Me and I will give you rest. Have faith and do not doubt, the battle belongs to the Lord, the Source of every good gift. "Let us therefore come boldly with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." Hebrews 4:16
Prayer is the weapon which rallies the promises of God to our hearts and brings the impossible to pass, while the tools of the Enemy are dashed to the abyss. Fear, doubt, anxiety….be not afraid is the command of God. Prayer fortifies our firm stand of faith in the eternal love of God for us. "You have clothed me with strength for battle; You subdue my adversaries beneath me." Psalm 18:39
So, it seems like a valuable assignment for my own faith to walk through the Lenten Season with meditations on the Journey to Victory…that is, the Cross and the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, and all He has provided for our Salvation, our Healing, our Calling, our every need. This is the epicenter of our Christian faith. Grace showed up in the Person of Jesus. He is our very life blood. Resurrection power is in Him, through Him and available to us.
I am listening and praying for a fresh look into the Word of God because there is always new wisdom to glean and apply to my life. I hope you will join me and let’s see what a transforming and equipping power the Word of God can have over our prayer life. Please feel free to share your inspiration and comments, too.
Some faith traditions encourage fasting and prayer to deepen awareness of the presence of God, especially during this season. Denying self- gratification in such a simple way, and focusing attention on the loving sacrifice of Jesus Christ for us, can provide powerful moments of intimacy with Our Savior.
There are no hard and fast rules about it. Do as you feel led, or don't do it at all. Skip one meal or many; one day or a few. It is not in the doing, it is in the surrendering to reach beyond ourselves to the life of the Spirit.
Just for today, pray, talk to God, and meditate on this truth and be open to the regenerating power of God’s Word:
God loves me. God is for me. Receive the truth and be blessed! Simple, yet amazingly transforming for your mind and your heart.
Pray it with emphasis on a different word each time: GOD loves me. God LOVES me. God loves ME. GOD is for me. God IS for me. God is FOR me. God is for ME.
Believe it. Let it sink into every cell to become your foundation forever. Say it out loud. Listen as you declare this truth in humility and gratitude. Grow in appreciation of His love, and what it means for you. Unstoppable love.
“Dear brothers and sisters… God loves you and has chosen you to be his own people.” 1 Thessalonians 1:4
Thank you, Precious Lord, for becoming the living, breathing demonstration of the Father's love for us. Holy Spirit, lead us into all truth. Amen.
Categories: Lenten Meditations - Journey to Victory