Monday, March 14, 2011

Morning Prayer Guide - Monday

Read: Hebrews 2:10-18 and Psalm 32

The writer of Hebrews talks about how Christ was tempted just like we are. Furthermore, Christ was made perfect through his sufferings.

The season of Lent is one of suffering. The point of giving up something we enjoy is to remember that we owe all to God. One young lady decided to give up taking the elevator. It seems a small thing, but she lives on the top floor of her apartment building. As she is climbing stairs every day she is praying. She is putting aside her own comfort to seek God.

That’s why it is important to give up something that actually hurts. For some people, giving up chocolate or a television show really doesn’t hurt them, because finding a replacement is easy. Lent is a time of fasting, and it is meant to be difficult enough that we can only succeed with God’s help. It should be something that many times through the day reminds us to pray and seek God.

What did you decide to give up for Lent? Did you respond to the Dare? Are you taking the easy way out? Or are you using Lent as an opportunity to grow closer to God? You may find the following prayer helpful:

Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name. Amen.

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