Barbara Francis

 

 

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Devoted to Prayer

March 2016

Devoted to Prayer

The great distinctive of the love of the Christian God is that there are no strings attached to it. God simply loves humans. He created us for a love relationship with himself, and nothing that we can do—or not do—changes that love he bears us. Only the Lord God forgives all our offenses and teaches us how to forgive ourselves. Only the Lord God provides everything he demands. Only the Lord God offers the life of his own Son for the salvation of his people. Only the Lord God’s persistent habit of relating to humans with grace is the best news the human race has ever received.
                                                                                                     —David Benner

The Lenten Season provides the needed opportunity to pause and ponder the suffering and death of Jesus. Go to his garden of anguish, read the words out loud, and hear his torment, grief, and sorrow. There was simply no other way for God to open the way to heaven for you. And heaven will simply not be complete if you are not there.

Remember how much he loves you.

Jesus predicted his death three times, highlighting the specific details that would surround the tragic event:

From that time on, Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!”
                                                                                               —Matthew 16:21-22

When they came together in Galilee, he said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men. They will kill him, and on the third day he will be raised to life.” And the disciples were filled with grief.
                                                                                              —Matthew 17:22-23

Now as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside and said to them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will turn him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!”
                                                                                              —Matthew 20:17-19

Remember how much he loves you.
It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love.
                                                                                                           —John 13:1 
The full extent of his love was his willingness to die, not for his own sins, but for ours. How do we respond to that kind of love? We worship. We surrender.
Remember how much he loves you.

 

I want to remain a faithful follower who is growing in my love and knowledge of this Christ…no matter what. I hope you take some time in the next few weeks for enjoy the Prayer Page: A Morning with the Lord.

Be blessed...

Prayaying Together,
Barbara Francis

 

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