March 13, 2011

1st Sunday of Lent

The first Sunday of Lent has been a day that many have focused their thoughts and sermons on Christ in the desert wilderness and the temptations he faced. He is our perfect example of resisting temptation. He calls on scripture in these occasions to bring in the power of His Almighty Father. I am thankful for that example. Who am I to try and fight temptation with the mere vessel I am? If Christ quotes scripture to fight temptation then that example is mine to follow.

This will be my Sunday reflection through Lent...

Each day I find a prayer that touches my heart and moves my spirit when I read it. Today's prayer that I am recording is widely known as the Jesus prayer. It's roots come from Luke 18:10-14. These words were spoken by a humble tax collector in great contrast to the boastful prayer just spoken by the Pharisee at the front of the church.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, Have mercy on me, a sinner.

It is believed that these words started to be used widely in prayer by the desert fathers in Egypt, but have been taken on by the orthodox tradition as routine since about 400 a.d.

These words bring me comfort, because I know I am a sinner, I know I need God's mercy and I know His grace is flowing over for me. Thank you God for being my Redeemer.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, Have mercy on me, a sinner.