Let’s follow up on yesterday’s Lent Devotional for Women post. In it, we talked about finding our daily pocket of prayer. Did it stress you out thinking you had to find, make or create that little, sacred space in time? Did it feel like just one more thing to write in an already filled calendar square?
Not to stress you out more, but in order for us to do what we need to do in this life, and I’m not only talking in our spiritual life, I’m talking every blessed thing in life, we have to spend time with God. We have to converse with God. Especially since our goal is love in this Lent Devotional for Women, we have to spend time with Love.
Look, we might be able to run on fumes, reserves or whatever you want to call it, but not for long. We all know that right? So why even try, we’re too old and too smart for that. We’re also too tired for that. So why do we keep doing the same thing, expecting a different result?
It’s like gambling a saggy diaper will hold one more time. Gambling the debit card will take just one more charge. Gambling we can stuff one more towel into the washing machine. Gambling we can make it one more mile before stopping for a toddler potty break. Gambling our favorite leggings can make it one more day before we they have to be washed.
You’re laughing right now because we’ve all done it…and suffered the consequences. So let’s not even try to cheat the divine economic system ok?
If Christ prayed…and He did…we must pray as well, period, end of the story.
I read an interesting article on Wikipedia about the prayers of Christ. It listed six times the gospels record words that Jesus spoke in prayer. Of special note in this Lent Devotional for Women post are the prayers He prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane and the prayers He prayed from the cross.
In the Garden, Jesus prayed that the cup might pass from Him. He then prayed that the Father’s Will be done. And of note I think, He repeated these prayers. It’s ok to be repetitive in our prayers, the Son of God was. But He didn’t just repeat the petition–asking if the cup could pass Him by, He also repeated the resignation–not His Will but God’s Will be done.
Look at Hebrews 5:7, “While Jesus was here on earth, he offered prayers and pleadings, with a loud cry and tears, to the one who could rescue him from death. And God heard his prayers because of his deep reverence for God.” (emphasis mine)
Guess what a synonym for reverence is, love. What are we spending this Lent talking about? Love.
The prayers Jesus prayed from the cross were for forgiveness, “Father, forgive them they know not what they do.” Prayers prayed in agony, “My God, my God, why has Thou forsaken Me?“ And prayers of resignation, “Into Thy hands I commend My Spirit.”
Let me quickly add, in these examples of the prayers of Jesus, I see resignation as a trustful surrender to God the Father. Do you? Our Online Bible Study Community talked about “Three Ways to Break the Chains of Anxiety and Fear.” Of course, there are more, we didn’t even cover the practical, physical ways like walking, cutting caffeine and sugar, etc.
I’ll hit the bullet points quickly from that conversation our Online Bible Study Community had. It was a great night of study! You should join us, we meet every Wednesday in a Live Zoom Call (recorded for those who can’t make the live), plus we have a private Facebook group.
Lent Devotional for Women: Three Ways to Cut Anxiety and Fear
1. Do What I Can Do
–Repent (Matthew 4:17)
–Follow Jesus (Matthew 4:19)
–Rejoice (Matthew 5:11-12)
–Be a Light Matthew 5:16
2. Give to God What I Cannot Do
–Here we brainstormed the things we cannot do. Of special note, we cannot control the thoughts and feelings of others. Actually, we can’t really control others, period.
3. Trust God with the Rest
Then we discussed how to learn to trust God.
1. Don’t Depend on Myself
2. Cry Out to God
3. Run From Evil
4. Put God First
5. Listen to the Holy Spirit
6. Rest in God’s Love
We ended on the importance of seeking peace and pursuing it (Psalm 34:14) and why living in peace is so important in all areas of our life (2 Corinthians 13:11).
All of the above, plus all that we’ve covered so far in our Lent Devotional for Women, encourages me to pray the big, hard prayers and then trust that God has heard me and wants the best for me.
With this meditation in mind and considering the meditations of the past couple of days, take a moment to answer these questions:
Did you find your pocket of time?
When is it?
Where is it?
What does it look like?
Share with us in the comments. You might just help a tired, weary soul find her own pocket.
Read the rest of the Lent Devotional for Women posts.