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).
“Woe to the complacent in Zion!”
Whew! That one sentence speaks volumes! In today’s first reading, those folks are living their best life. I would have double of whatever they’re having. In reality though, being God’s follower doesn’t always equal living the good life. If you’ve read at least one book in the Bible, then you know the lives of his disciples are a roller-coaster of ups and downs. It’s at the worst times when God calls out to us.
My wife recently delivered twins, but her pregnancy was far from easy. Midway through, some doctors weren’t sure our baby boy and girl would make it. A stark contrast after an easy-going first trimester. She needed a surgical procedure, which was more common for women carrying one baby and somewhat uncharted territory for women with twins. During that time, my boss told me you can’t have a testimony without being tested. It was at that moment, I realized God was reaching out for us more than ever. We prayed everyday. We welcomed prayer after prayer from our friends and family. When the time came, we welcomed our two “little miracles.”
Life is difficult, but it’s in our toughest moments that God wants us closer to Him. Remember, you can’t have a testimony without being tested.
Welcome to the world Abigail Mae and Brandon William, our two "little miracles!"
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.
What are some areas in your life that you are complacent and maybe shouldn't be?
What are some ways you can stay engaged in the important things in life (big and small) so that you don't become complacent?
What are the miracles God is trying to work in your life today?
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.
"Thank You Jesus."
"Come Holy Spirit."
"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?
Find that area in your life right now that you are not living to the fullest and give it your all for the Glory of God.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Brandon Hudson, a news reporter in Philadelphia, PA.
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