Lent Day 38

Day 38 Friday March 27 – [F] Do not listen to music in the car

RO38: We’re not meant to live this life on our own. We’re not meant to go at this alone. That’s not how God created it. Suffering and hard times are going to come in everyone’s lives. It’s going to happen. The question is are we able to take that suffering, to take the panoramic view, and to see it as an opportunity not only in our relationship with God but to grow in our relationship with others. To be able to step outside of ourselves. And to find that hope and be able to trust in God’s plan for us again. // Our challenge is to be able to look at the hardships in our lives, those times of sufferings, and see them as opportunities to grow. // In turning to God you will find the hope and the peace and the joy that you never thought possible.

Jeremiah 20: 10-13

But the LORD is with me, like a mighty champion: my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph.

John 10: 31-42

even if you do not believe me, believe the works, so that you may realize and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.

I’ve been reflecting on prayers recently and praying – saying “standard” prayers or reading those of others or thinking of my own. And instead of writing up a long-winded rambling about my personal experience with prayer (which I did and then deleted because it definitely was long-winded, rambling, and I’m not even sure if it had a point?) — and which prayers I find most moving to my soul — God gave me some time to pause, step back, and just focus on this one thing:  

God wants us to pray. He wants us to mean it – say/think the words and feel them, believe them, and trust in Him. Sometimes it is hard to clear your head and focus and really commit yourself to that moment of prayer. But try, and continue trying. Because sometimes it is the prayer that is important, but all the time it is praying that is important.

Take some time to talk to God. And then take some time to listen.

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