“Guard your Church, we pray, O Lord, in your unceasing mercy, and, since without you moral humanity is sure to fail, may we be kept by our constant helps from all harm and directed to all that bring salvation. 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.”
Today we focus on our church. We focus on the traps that may lay ahead and ask God to keep us from religious hypocrisy and stagnant religion. In John 5, we see Jesus heal a man on the Sabbath. The religious leaders of the day thought he was breaking the commandment, defiling their way of life, and living a sinful life. Jesus’ answer to their claims needs to become the cry of the heart of every church.
“My father is working and so I also am working.”
Jesus said that He only does what He sees the Father doing. The Church is the body of Christ in the world, and should have the same attitude. We should work where we see the Father working, and we should do what we see the Father doing. Our hearts, set on Christ, will be compelled to action where and when He leads.
Lent is the time we are most in tune with the movement of the Father as we strip away the excess in our lives, focus on our need for salvation, and dive into the cleansing waters of repentance. Through this, we are becoming closer to Jesus, hoping to one day say we work where He works.
Prayer points // Pray for God to point out hypocrisy in your life. Pray for a listening spirit.
Scripture Mediation // Matthew 23:1-12; John 5:1-17