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).
Happy 4th of July! Happy Independence Day!
Today might be the day that we as citizens of the United States celebrate our independence from Britan, I want to talk about our dependence on God.
In the first reading today, we hear the story of how Abraham was willing to offer his only son, Isaac, as a sacrifice to the Lord. Keep in mind, God has promised that Abraham’s descendants would be as numerous, God blessed Abraham and Sarah in their old age with Isaac, and Isaac was Abraham’s only son. How could God keep his promise of descendants while asking Abraham to sacrifice Isaac? Abraham didn’t have a clue! But he knew he had to depend on the word of God and trust there was a plan.
Isn’t that the hardest thing to do? To trust God and depend on Him when you have no idea what is going to happen and it seems as if everything is falling apart?
We all have our own story of a time when we followed God’s call but it didn’t go like we thought it would. For me, this happened when I graduated from graduate school. I felt called to teach back in my small hometown in Missouri. I was excited to teach, excited to be close to family, and excited to be following what I believed God was calling me to. I was nervous, but I knew it was what I was supposed to do.
Long story short, it was a really tough year. A lot of things did not go the way I thought they should, but it was all a part of God’s plan. I can say that now being 2 years out and seeing where that tough year lead me.
God was testing Abraham’s trust and dependence by seeing if he was will to sacrifice Isaac. God doesn’t truly test our trust in the same way, but God does ask us to trust Him; to depend on Him when all hope seems lost. Our dependence on God is not a crutch or a bad thing. It’s admitting that we would be completely lost without Him.
When things look like it’s not going to work out, remember God works in mysterious ways. As long as we continue to listen to God in prayer and scripture, we should trust that God has everything in control. We can depend on God no matter what.
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.
When things are falling apart, do you find it difficult to trust in God? How do you invite God into those difficult times?
Have you ever felt like Abraham did when He was about to offer Isaac to God? Did you ever feel like God was asking you to give up something to to grow in trust and dependence on Him?
How has God worked in mysterious ways in your life to lead you to trust more in Him?
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 trust in you."
"Lead me Lord."
"Here I am."
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?
Offer something you love to God today. The Fourth of July can be one of the most exciting holidays of the year to celebrate, but celebrate God too. Think of something that you love to do, like going on your phone, watching TV, eating five hotdogs in a row, etc., and give it up for the day. Sacrifice something to remind you to depend on God and of all the good things He has worked in your life.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Kayla Essner, a high school Math teacher in Denver, CO.
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