Lent Day 3 Reflection
Pardon my formality for this post, but I wanted to explain what you can expect from our blog roll between now and Palm Sunday.
Each day during Lent, we will be sharing a new blog post that will include a reflection on the daily readings found in “Seeking God for the City,” a devotional guide produced by Waymakers.
These reflections will be a work of our people (i.e., our staff, our volunteers, our friends, our family) and may include artistic creations in various media (e.g., lessons learned, poetic thoughts, videos and sketches). Each contributor has the freedom to share a reflection based on any aspect of their devotional time for the day, and each daily reading includes a particular topic, a brief lesson from Bible verses, a specific prompt to pray for someone(s), and a few countries to pray for as we ask God to shower blessings on our city and cities among all the nations.
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In my reflection yesterday based on the reading in the “Seeking God for the City” daily devotional guide, I did not directly mention the prayer prompt listed for the day: women. I followed the prayerwalk prompt listed in the guide and prayed for women throughout the day, and at the end of the day, I prayed specifically for my mother who needed to have emergency surgery to remove her gall bladder yesterday evening. The surgery went well, and she appreciates your continued prayers for full recovery.
For today’s reading, our devotional guide mentions how we should seek God to give us pure hearts and the specific prayer prompt is a call to pray for university students. The guide mentions, “Our hearts tend to love whatever fills our vision,” and I believe there to be great synchronicity between a focus on purity of heart and a call to pray for university students. My prayer for students, especially those in the Waco community, is that they may have visions of Jesus (Matthew 17:8 – And lifting up their eyes, they saw no one except Jesus Himself alone). Jesus was a great teacher indeed, but He was also the Son of God, who came to forgive and calls you to follow.
In my devotional time today, I am drawn to the hymn “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.” For students, I pray that you will “turn your eyes upon Jesus [and] look full in His wonderful face.” I pray that your hearts are not distracted as you pursue purity and that “the things of Earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”