LENT IS FOR LISTENING
DAILY PRAYER REQUEST: Lord, teach me how to listen to you.
DAILY THOUGHT: THE CENTRALITY OF SCRIPTURE
The best place to listen to God is through Scripture. Did you notice how the Father spoke to Jesus in the desert? The Father spoke to Jesus through words from the Old Testament. God’s living Word so often comes to us today in the words of the Bible. Because God’s Word is alive and active, it will search us out, comfort us and challenge us, revive us and rebuke us, yet always in great love. The solitude and silence of our “desert space” helps us listen to God speaking through Scripture in greater depth and meaning.
After making your daily prayer request, read again the temptation story of Jesus in the desert (Matthew 4:1–11). Ask yourself: What word or phrase or sentence most strikes me in this story? Ponder whatever words speak to you most, turn them over prayerfully in your mind and consider what God may be saying to you through them. Speak with God about these things as a friend speaks with a friend