A Call to Fasting & Prayer–3 minutes, 22 seconds.
Via an incoming link to Lent & Beyond, I just discovered a very nice list of 40 ideas for Lent by Rachel Held Evans:
10 Questions for self-examination
10 Book Recommendations
10 Creative Ways to “Give Up” AND Give Back
I particularly liked the questions:
1. When I wake up on Resurrection Sunday morning, how will I be different?
2. From what do I need to repent?
3. Is there one particular sin in my life that repeatedly gets in the way of loving God with my whole heart or loving my neighbor as myself? How do I address that sin over the next 40 days?
4. Is there anyone in my life from whom I need to ask forgiveness or pursue reconciliation?
5. What distractions most commonly interfere with my time in prayer/Scripture?
6. What spiritual discipline do I need to improve upon or want to try?
7. What are some things in my life that I tell myself I need but I don’t?
8. Why am I giving this particular thing up? How does giving it up draw me closer to God and prepare me for Easter?
9. What am I going to tell myself when self-denial gets hard?
10. Is it necessary/helpful for me to share the nature my fast with others or should I keep it private?
The full 40 Ideas For Lent post is here.
Even if you’ve not so far been able to do much for Lent, it’s not too late! The Lord is always ready for us to turn our hearts and minds afresh to Him and seek Him. You can begin seeking the Lord this Lent today, and the Lord is waiting to pour out His grace to help you.
May each of us find that true this morning!
Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. (Mark 5:25-26)
Jesus, you know our infirmities and the cost of health coverage; have mercy on us.
When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. (Mark 5:27)
Holy Spirit, please guide us to Jesus so that we too can touch the hem of his garment and be healed.
For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.” (Mark 5:28 )
Father, please help us come to Jesus in faith as this woman did.
Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. (Mark 5:29)
Jesus, we long to see such healing in our bodies and in all who come to you in faith and hope. Bless the ministry of healing throughout this diocese. Please restore Fr. Nigel and Fr. Hap to full health.
And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?” (Mark 5:30)
Jesus, please let the power of your Holy Spirit come out to us.
But His disciples said to Him, “You see the multitude thronging You, and You say, ‘Who touched Me?'” (Mark 5:31)
Lord, we too are often pretty clueless about the questions you ask of us. Thank you for your patience with us.
And He looked around to see her who had done this thing. (Mark 5:32)
Lord Jesus, search us out as well.
But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. (Mark 5:33)
Holy Spirit, please help us give a good testimony about what Jesus has done in our lives as this woman did.
And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.” (Mark 5:34)
Father, please grant us faith that brings us to healing — give us faith such as this woman had. Help us minister your love and faith and healing to those we meet along the way. Thank you.
Monday: 77, ; Genesis 44:18-34; 1 Corinthians 7:25-31; Mark 5:21-43
Tuesday: 78:40-72; Genesis 45:1-15; 1 Corinthians 7:32-40; Mark 6:1-13
in whom we live and move and have our being,
whose face is hidden from us by our sins,
and whose mercy we forget in the blindness of our hearts:
cleanse us from all our offenses,
and deliver us from proud thoughts and vain desires,
that with reverent and humble hearts we may draw near to you,
confessing our faults,
confiding in your grace,
and finding in you our refuge and strength;
through Jesus Christ your Son.
– Book of Common Worship (PCUSA)