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).
One of my favorite books by Dr. Seuss is Oh, the Places You’ll Go. In it the character (you) comes to the waiting place.
“… for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go
Or a bus to come, or a plane to go
Or the mail to come, or the rain to go
Or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
Or waiting around for a Yes or No
Or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.”
The Pharisees found themselves in the waiting place. In fact, the entirety of the Jewish people had been waiting for a Messiah for some time. When the Pharisees asked Jesus for a sign, it revealed their true blindness. A sign points to something greater, but Jesus was not a sign, Jesus is God.
When driving, we see a sign that our exit is coming up. We even see a sign that labels the exit. But the sign is not the exit. The split in the road that you turn onto is the exit. Jesus is the exit, the exit from the waiting place, the exit from sin and despair, mediocrity and division. Jesus does not point to God’s love, Jesus Is God’s Love Incarnate!
God loves you. In spite of your hurts, faults, and failings, God loves you. In the midst of your hurts, faults, and failings, God loves you. The Pharisees were looking for directions, but the destination was right before them. They were looking for something they had long hungered for while the bread of life was in their midst.
As you go through your day today, pray with the truth that God is with you and God loves you. God loves you right where you are at. Set aside your desire for a sign that you are worthy, or that the doubts that sometimes creep up need to be resolved. Just be open to what is right before you.
Confidently encounter the love of the living God. Don’t find yourself in the waiting place. God’s love is present now.
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.
Am I open to the plan you have for me?
Am I confident in the pursuit of knowing you?
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.
“Lord, I believe, help my unbelief”
“God I invite you into my doubt and insecurities”
“Jesus, thank you for loving me where 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.
Today, pray with the truth that God is with you and God loves you just as you are.
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Today's prayer was written by Chris Bartlett, Director of Leadership Formation at Ablaze Ministries.