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)
“For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power, love, and self-control.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
In this passage, Paul is writing to one of his disciples, Timothy, “trying to stir into flame”
the Holy Spirit. Paul is trying to fire up Timothy (both in our sense of the term and theologically
through the fire of the Holy Spirit)!
As a bit of context, Timothy is a young evangelist, mentored by Paul and a co-worker in
spreading the Gospel to the Gentiles. At the time of this letter, he is now acting as the head of
the Church of Ephesus.
What I find interesting is that at this time, Timothy has been living the radical life of an
early Christian missionary for many years (scholars believe he was approximately 34 when
the letter was written and that he had been working with Paul since he was a teenager). In the
last 15 years or so, Timothy has, without a doubt, seen God’s power in incredible ways, and
has been bold and effective in his mission. Even so, he needed a pep talk.
I imagine this could be the case for many of us. We have experienced God’s power in
different ways and have been used as an instrument to spread his love. But we forget. We
don’t always show courage, we don’t always have faith. That’s why, like Timothy, we need to
have someone come and fire us up every now and again. We need to be reminded of God’s
I keep a list of what I call Power Verses in the notes app on my phone. Anytime I come
across a powerful verse speaking God’s promises, I write it down. Countless times when I have been faced with fear, dread, or a difficult situation, I’ll pull up the list and let God
speak power into my life.
As you begin your time of prayer, I encourage you to spend some time praying with this
verse. Internalize it, speak it over a difficult situation you are facing. If we have been
baptized, and even more so if we have been confirmed, we have the gift of the Holy Spirit.
God’s power is within us, his promises hold true.
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 gets your most "fired up" about your faith?
Who helps you keep the fire going in your faith?
What difficult situation are you facing right now that you need to allow the Spirit to speak into?
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.
"Power, love, self-control."
"Stir into flame."
"Grant me strength."
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.
Write down 2 Timothy 1:7 on a sticky note or piece of paper, and place it somewhere, such as your mirror or locker, where you will constantly be reminded of it.
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Today’s prayer was prepared by Liam Brady.
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