“Convert us, O God our Savior, and instruct our minds by heavenly teaching, that we may benefit from the works of Lent. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.”
We live in a world that is in the middle of intense conversations about God. Many people are choosing to believe this life is all there is, while some seek a different and more open answer in Eastern religions. Some Christians have met this conversation with a wall built from tradition, bigotry, or fear. In John 4, Jesus goes to Samaria and sits by a well. A Samaritan woman came that way and Jesus starts a conversation about God with her.
We know this story. She doesn’t have a husband, Jesus tells her about it, and he gives her “living water.” However, just after this story, Jesus is asked to eat by his Disciples. Were they worried about his energy? Were they simply hungry themselves and were looking for an excuse to eat? Jesus answers them, “I have food to eat you do not know about.” Later he says, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent me, and to accomplish His work.” Jesus, being fully God and fully man, is the most heavenly-minded human who has ever lived. Even in times where most of us would be thinking with our stomachs, Jesus remains vigilant to the will of the Father.
Doing God’s will is better than eating a big meal. Living in harmony with the Creator is better than a giant breakfast burrito smothered in green chili. Jesus, our example, is more concerned with the things of God. During lent, we pray to be converted into people concerned with the things of God, supplicants whose hearts are broken when God’s heart breaks, because God is better.
Prayer points // Pray to be changed into someone who walks with God each step. Pray for a change of heart.
Scripture Mediation // John 4:29-38; Colossians 3:1-4 (especially the Message version)