3rd Week of Lent
Prayer of the Week
(pray this prayer each day this week)
God of Power and Action,
You are always present with me in love and in strength. I am thankful, truly thankful, for the creative work you are doing in my life. Although I don’t always understand, and I cannot always see the goal you have in mind, I continue to step forward in faith following in the footsteps of Jesus. This week, help transform my best thoughts and intentions into action. Where I need more faith, remind me of your constant presence. Where I am afraid to take a first step, fill me with courage. Where I am in danger of losing my way, guide me back onto the path you have created for me.
In Jesus name I pray. Amen
Read 2 Timothy 1:6-13 & 4:1-8
Week 3: Questions for Reflection
Our God-Given life purpose is discovered when we both THINK and ACT. Too many times we throw up our hands saying: “I think I know what God’s calling me to do… it’s just too complicated to actually commit and do it”. Don’t settle for less! God will make a way!
2 Timothy 1:7 says: “the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline”. In what area(s) of your life have you been timid? What obstacle(s) has that timidity caused to spring up blocking your path? What could God’s power working in you accomplish in overcoming those obstacles?
Paul mentions ‘shame’ two places in 2 Timothy 1. Both times he’s appealing to Timothy not to be ashamed of having faith in Jesus even when that faith causes suffering and rejection. How do your friends and family feel about your faith in Jesus? Do they support you? Do they make you feel ashamed? Do you feel like you need to hide your faith? How would your life be different if you lived your faith in Jesus openly and as your first priority?
When you think of the Gospel (the Good News of Jesus) what does it mean to you? Is it just a statement of fact that you believe in your head? Is it just something that happened a long time ago and far far away? If the Gospel is something we are supposed to experience in our daily life, what does it look like? How can experiencing the Gospel every day impact your God-Given life purpose?