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).
Jesus wills healing.
When I picked longboarding back up, I’m convinced that my guardian angel started getting tips from other guardian angels in case of an accident. My guardian angel must have received some great advice, because I know I was wrapped in safety last year as I had to jump off my longboard to avoid a crash. Even though the accident could have been much worse without my guardian angel's protection, it still caused some deep wounds that I had never experienced before. Little did I know that over the next few weeks the Lord would use the healing of these physical wounds to also heal me spiritually and emotionally. I was led into a deeper relationship with our Savior, Who, covered in these wounds, carried a cross and died for me. As my skin slowly healed, the Lord reminded me that I cannot heal myself. He must. And He wills my healing.
The Lord shows us His healing power in different ways. We see His healing take time, such as my longboarding wounds. We see His healing happen “immediately”, such as the healing of the leper in today’s scripture. He is Healer of the physical, emotional, and spiritual.
Is there anything in your life that needs healing? Maybe it’s a relationship, such as a struggle with a friendship or a family member. Maybe it’s physical, such as an injury from playing a sport. Or maybe it’s emotional, like a heartache from a break-up.
Whatever the case may be, healing is important.
I’m not sure about you, but oftentimes when I need healing (which is always), I think about how much worse other people have it. I believe the lie that “I don’t need healing, because someone else needs it more.” Honestly, there’s probably always someone out there that needs healing more than you. But the reality is, healing is always important, because it draws us closer to Him. Every healing is an encounter.
So, may you be encouraged to bring before Christ what needs to be healed in your life. Ask for His healing and receive His touch. Because our Lord is real, His touch is real, and His healing is real. He wills your healing.
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.
Do I believe that God created me from love, by love and for love? I am wonderfully made and a child of God.
Who do I try to impress? In what ways do I let myself be changed?
How do I define myself? Is it as a child of God? Or is it in other things?
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.
"Be united in heart."
"You are the salt of the earth."
"Proclaim the Truth with love."
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.
Take time today to thank God for your guardian Angel through this prayer.
Angel of God,
my guardian dear,
to whom God's love
commits me here,
ever this day,
be at my side,
to light and guard,
rule and guide.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Sarah Lessmann, a Director of Youth Ministry for Ablaze Ministries in Bryan. Texas.