Wig’s Word of God Today 2-22-2012
But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you. Matthew 6:6
Joel 2:12-18, Psalm 51, 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2 & Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
We begin Lent with Ash Wednesday liturgies where the Church uses ashes as the ancient symbol of repentance (sackcloth and ashes). They also remind us of our mortality as you hear the words “remember that you are dust and dust you shall return” and thus bringing closer the day when we will stand before God and be judged. To prepare well for the day we die, we must die now to sin and rise to new life in Christ.
Being marked with ashes at the beginning of Lent indicates our recognition of the need for deeper conversion of our lives during this season of renewal as we live out the 40 days in hope to give more to prayer, fasting and charity. We are reminded today to seek out the LORD in all we do especially in prayer asking the LORD to guide you in faith, repentance and surrender to living a life led by His Word. Give up more than just candy or coffee but give in to God’s Only Son of Redemption to share and to proclaim.
The LORD asks us to all to go to an inner room and close the door to pray to Him in secret allowing you an opportunity to shut out any distractions and wondering thoughts about outside activities and thoroughly focus on the task at hand of praying to the Father alone. I know it’s hard to let go and let God be God when praying for we have countless thoughts and tasks on our minds but God asks us to shut that door and be still in His Presence during prayer.
I personally find early morning as my beginning prayer time as the moment I can find quiet to start my day in His Truth. As I live each day, I call out to the LORD in prayer often as I seek His Counsel to guide my every thought, action and deed. May this Lenten time bring you closer to God in ways you never imagined. May you give more to studying God’s Word, pray over everything you do and make a mends with anyone you hold a grudge against. “And your Father who sees what is hidden will repay you.” Matthew 6:18
In the Holy Trinity we pray to close the door and listen to Your Word as our guide to live for faith, charity and love. We pray for “40 Days of Life” to close abortion clinics. We pray for the Emmaus Team in NJ. We pray for LIFE FM. We pray for all people. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen.
God Bless His Truth for America,
Thomas Joe Cruz-Wiggins
“Spirit led God inspired Christ fed“
To behold His Salvation Eternally- 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2
Let us not judge what we see
As others come to be
Closer to God by prayer
Proclaiming the Good News we dare
As Ambassadors for Christ
God’s Children of delight
His Son’s Redeeming right
To be reconciled with Light
He was made sin to begin
Although sin did not know Him
To share the righteousness to win
To glorify the Father to comprehend
How we are to work together to see
The grace of God to Eternally be
Loved not in vain we must agree
To behold His Salvation Eternally
© Thomas Joe Cruz-Wiggins February 22, 2012 @ 4:58 AM EST