Step #1: Lectio / Read
Click the link below or open your Bible to the passage and read through the reading at least once, paying attention to what is happening in the text.
Step #2: Meditatio / Meditate
Use the following meditation to help you reflect more deeply on the Scripture (you may want to read the passage again).
I have been in Zechariah’s shoes before - wondering and questioning the messages I receive from God: “Are you SURE you want me to do this? I don’t think I can do what you are asking. I do not know how to do it. How can this be?”
I think we all have times when we hear something from God and have no idea how it can become a reality. I am pretty sure I would have reacted just like Zechariah did when he heard the Angel say Elizabeth would conceive a son at their old age.
The last quote from Elizabeth sums it up: “So has the Lord done for me at a time when he has seen fit to take away my disgrace before others.”
Both Zechariah and Elizabeth were very respected and devout Jews, they obeyed the law to the letter, but they were looked down upon because God did not bless them with children. Because of this, they had a degree of disgrace in their community as if they were ‘unclean’ or did something to deserve to be barren, despite their devotion to God and the law.
As Elizabeth states, God works on HIS time, not ours. He can work miracles in our lives and those around us. It boils down to trust - faith. Do we really trust that Jesus has a plan, that he will help us with all of the big and small things he asks of us in our lives? Do we have fear when we share our faith? Do we not witness to the great works God has done in our lives to others or act on what he requests of us as his servants?
I know I do. Sometimes I have great faith and other times I struggle with my own thoughts. I let fear and worry take over even when I know Jesus says 365 times in the bible - “Have no fear - do not be afraid!”
All I know is I am happy he never rendered me mute because of it!
Let’s focus today on putting all of our trust in Jesus. Give him your worries, fears and open your heart to the fact that anything is possible with God. ANYTHING. So let's act on what he asks of us now without haste.
Step #3: Oratio / Pray
These questions are to be used to talk to God; have a conversation with the Lord about these questions and what is going on in your heart as you pray today.
Do I trust God wholeheartedly? Where do I doubt or struggle to trust God?
Has there ever been something the Lord has done in my life that seems almost unbelievable or impossible? What miracles and wonders have I seen God work in my life?
Do I share my faith, or do I hold myself back? How do I witness to the Gospel?
Step #4: Contemplatio / Contemplate
In this step, you listen. Stop talking, let God speak to your heart. You may repeat one of these short phrases to focus your mind on the Lord.
“I believe, help my unbelief.”
“Jesus, I trust in you.”
“Anything is possible with God.”
Step #5: Actio / Act
In light of today's reading and your time spent in prayer with the Lord, what concrete action or actions will you take to let this encounter with the Lord bear fruit in you today?
Whatever you hear God calling you to do today, do without reservation. Maybe he wants you to talk about your faith, help someone in need, feed the poor, assist a neighbor, defend a friend, do the right thing, whatever it is, do it without reservation and with the love of Jesus in your heart.
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