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).
Sometimes as I pray through Scripture there are specific verses that seem to echo in my heart like a resounding gong. As I read over these verses it’s almost as if my heart attaches itself to them, unwilling to move on. I encountered that as I was reading through today’s first reading from the book of Deuteronomy where Moses says: “I have set before you life and death,
the blessing and the curse. Choose life…”
As I read over these words the reality of the choice that we are offered in the Lord seemed to root itself more deeply in me. “Choose life,” Moses says. But the truth is that so often I forget that it’s my choice to make. I allow my situation, my hurts, my wounds, my frustrations, to make me feel like I’m somehow a victim in all of this; to make me feel like even if I wanted to choose life, to choose the Lord, I wouldn't be able to.
What a wildly frustrating trick of the Devil that he somehow convinces me, convinces us, that we are powerless. When really all that our God has done for us, all that he suffered on our behalf, was to make us powerful, to make us free to choose him, to choose life, to choose the blessing.
Where in your life has the Evil One tried to convince you, that you are powerless, that you have no choice? Has he tried to convince you that insecurity and comparison will always rule your life, when the truth is that the Lord offers you freedom from them? Has he tried to convince you that you are, at your very core, a disappointment, when in reality the Heavenly Father delights in your goodness always? Has he tried to convince you that you are not good enough, when the truth is that Goodness himself is the author of your life? I guess what I’m really asking is has he tried to convince you to choose to believe in death over life, in the curse over the blessing? Because our God has won your freedom to choose. He has won your victory over the curse, over death, over the lies. And today, as you look upon all of the ways you are tempted to feel powerless, God sets before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. My encouragement, dear friends, is that this day you would take a step towards the blessing. Choose life. Your freedom was won for this very purpose.
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.
Where in your life has the Evil One tried to convince you, that you are powerless, that you have no choice?
Have you ever let yourself be convinced that you are not good enough, when the truth is that Goodness himself is the author of your life? Have you ever been convinced to choose to believe in death over life, in the curse over the blessing?
When faced with these lies, how will you choose life in Christ?
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 choose you."
"Help me choose life over death."
"I love you, Lord."
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?
Sit down with your Bible and find a passage in the Gospels that resounds in your heart, that speaks truth which you cannot ignore. Memorize this verse, write it down and put it up where you can always see it. Remember this verse and the truths it contains when you are temped to choose death. Through your Scripture passage, choose life.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Lauren Wright, a Youth Minister in Rockford, IL.
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