Third Week of Lent
Desire. I’m often asked by students to explain why they don’t have the desire to follow God or keep His commands. Like most Christians, teens often go through periods where they struggle with the apathy of not desiring a closer relationship with God through Jesus Christ. There’s a good chance that you’ve been there. You’ve said things like:
“ I wish my relationship with God was as good as so and so’s.”
“I feel like I’m talking to a wall when I pray. What happened to my faith?”
“I know I should want to follow God more, but I just don’t feel it right now.”
Or even; “I want to be closer to God but I’m enjoying my life right now. I like my sinful lifestyle too much to live a righteous one.”
These are all lines that I’ve heard from students, adults, and honestly have even felt at some point in my life. As we continue to move through Lent, we must begin to look at these questions more openly. What would it take for us to be able to desire God more fully? What will it take to be open with Him to get past the things that hold us back in following Him?
This week we will look at what desire for God looks like. We’ll also journey through scripture to get an idea of what we need to ultimately place before God. We’ll examine what is getting in our way and what it means to overcome those obstacles…
Take a few minutes to ask God to prepare your heart for what He is trying to teach you this week.
Second Sunday in Lent - February 28
Prepare: Find a quiet place where you can be alone. Try to find a place where there are limited interruptions so that you can openly go before God. If you need to, grab a pen and a notebook to write down thoughts that come to your mind throughout the experience.
Use this sentence scripture prayer to center you: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10)
Read: Today’s passage is Psalm 63:1-8. Read it through regularly first. Read it again slowly going word by word. Write down anything that stands out to you or is interesting.
Meditate: How did you respond to today’s text? Did you identify with it? Did you feel distant from it? Does the Psalmist’ desire match your desire for God? Why/why not? If yes, take a moment to write your own Psalm to God similar to this one. If not, what might be keeping you from knowing God in this way? Write down these thoughts.
Pray: Take a few moments to pray over this word. If you wrote your own Psalm, pray it as an offering to God. If not, pray this Psalm as a prayer to God. Ask God to reveal the things in your life that are keeping you from growing in Him.