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 am terrible at asking for help. I am fully aware that there are many things that I cannot do on my own or that would be better done with the assistance of another person, but more often than not, I fear inconveniencing that person or being rejected by that person, even if that person is God.
The two blind men in today’s Gospel boldly ask Jesus for help and follow Him without hesitation. Maybe they were so desperate and figured there was nothing left to lose. Maybe Jesus was their last resort, their final hope for healing. Either way, their request for help came from the boldness of their faith and their confidence in the power of God to heal and transform.
The season of Advent challenges us to be bold in our faith and to be confident in the work that God wants to do in our lives and in our world. We don’t have to be afraid to ask God for help, and in fact, He deeply desires that we turn to Him for help. In this season, may we not hold back from asking the Lord for help, and may we have the faith of the two blind men that the Lord will answer our cries for help and take care of our every need.
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 do I need help?
What holds me back from asking for help?
When has God helped me and answered my prayers?
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.
"Help me, Lord."
"Let it be done."
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?
Be bold in faith, and ask God for help with something today, remembering that nothing is too small or big for God to help with.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Maggie Super.