Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary fainthearted. Hebrews 12:2-3
My prayer for the week is based on this verse.
Prepare my heart, oh Lord. Lead me to the cross. Help me to reflect on what Jesus’ last days on Earth mean to me, personally. Allow the magnitude of what He endured to penetrate my heart. Help me to understand the sacrifice but not lose sight of the joy! Forgive me for the times of self-pity when I forget all that you have done for me. For the days when I choose to lean on my own understanding, second-guess your plan and continue on my own way, I pray that you gently remind me that your ways are higher than mine. Father you have graciously provided all that I need yet there are days when I remain unsatisfied. Open my eyes on these days and help me find answers and satisfaction in knowing You. Thank you for your direction, and limitless patience and love. Amen
Max Lucado says, “Lent is that season when we stare directly at our own mortality. We make tiny sacrifices of our own to recall the incomparable sacrifice Christ made for us. It might all sound quite dreary, except on the other side of Lent is the enormous spiritual crescendo of Easter.” The musician in me loves that – “enormous spiritual crescendo of Easter.” I can feel it building already. This glorious vibrant Hallelujah chorus building slowly and expectantly, waiting to be sung in celebration of this journey that ends in resurrection, but first must come by way of temptation, humiliation, and the cross.
I challenge you to dust out the corners of your heart this week. Maybe what you need to give up for Lent is something you are harboring in your spirit. Spend some quiet time prayerfully listening. He will provide the strength, endurance, and grace to tackle whatever it is you may face. The celebration is coming. Prepare your heart to sing!