Sunday, March 20, 2011

Second Sunday in Lent

Be Still:  Dear Father, thank you that through Jesus one day we will eat and drink at Your table in Your kingdom.  We rejoice in this promise!  In Jesus’ name, through the power of the Holy Spirit, Amen

Be Strengthened:  Luke 22:28-38
28“You are those who have stood by me in my trials. 29And I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on me, 30so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
31"Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. 32But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers."  33But he replied, "Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death."  34Jesus answered, "I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me."
35Then Jesus asked them, "When I sent you without purse, bag or sandals, did you lack anything?" "Nothing," they answered. 36He said to them, "But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one. 37It is written: 'And he was numbered with the transgressors'; and I tell you that this must be fulfilled in me. Yes, what is written about me is reaching its fulfillment."  38The disciples said, "See, Lord, here are two swords." "That is enough," he replied.

Be Stretched:  Have you ever fallen away and denied Jesus?  If so, confess it today.  Be comforted that Jesus is praying for us, as He did for Peter.  Are there ways you can use your experience of turning back to help strengthen others?  Pray that the Holy Spirit would open ways to do so.  Be assured that in Jesus you lack nothing.

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