Flood the Desert of My Heart – A Lenten Prayer by Trevin Wax

March 11, 2014

A few days ago, Gospel Coalition blogger Trevin Wax posted a wonderful original prayer for Lent:

O Lord,
I confess that I too often disregard my responsibility
to be an instrument in your hands.
I shrug my shoulders at others’ pain.
I run away from those in suffering.

Forgive me for my spiritual laziness and irresponsibility.
Expose my warped explanations
and excuses for sin and shallowness.
Weed out my sinful thoughts and actions.
Break the sinful patterns that too often entangle me
and keep me from ministering as I should.

Thank you for your kingdom, your grace, your coming to rescue your creation.
Fill me with your grace and love,
and make me a vessel through which new creation can flow out to others.
Flood the desert of my parched heart with your living water,
and may you overflow my cup so that I will be a blessing to others.
Set me apart for your purposes.
Make me into a treasured instrument for the benefit of your kingdom.

– Trevin Wax

Trevin features prayers regularly on his blog.  Check out his prayer category.  So many wonderful prayers.

A Lenten Devotional on the Beatitudes

March 11, 2014

Another stunning devotional today at the Biola Lent Project site.

Today’s reflection, art and music all focus around the Beatitudes.

Make sure to click on the play arrow at the bottom of the page for the music (an African American spiritual today), as once the music is playing, the video display will begin to scroll through more than a dozen pieces of artwork.  (The about link on the bottom right of the page will give you information about the artists and the music.)

Here’s an excerpt from the devotional:

…this passage [Matt 5:3-12] is meant to disrupt the way we think about blessing itself. Christ is inviting us to look at the world and identify as blessed not the rich, nor the stable, nor the content. Rather, those who are discontent in their longing for God, who have chosen to disrupt their own comfort, count as blessed: those who try to make peace between enemies, who preach the gospel in the midst of persecution, who behave gently in a world that responds to strength, who desire righteousness so deeply that the burning thirst for it is felt continually.

Go to today’s full entry.

Israel intercepts Iranian weapons

March 11, 2014

From Fox News:  In the week leading up to Purim, the Israeli Defense Forces confiscate an arsenal of long-range rockets being shipped from Iran to Gaza.   Purim celebrates the deliverance of the Jewish people from genocide in Persia (modern-day Iran).

Psalm 121:4 (ESV)

Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

Our Father in heaven,

We thank You for Your deliverance of the children of Jacob.  Amen.

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