Great Plains Daily Devotional for 3/7/20

Today please be in prayer for

Kearney Faith UMC
Gateway District
Kearney First UMC
Gateway District
Kearney First UMC
Gateway District
Kearney First UMC
Gateway District

Today's Lectionary Text

2 Timothy 1:3-7 (CEB) 

3 I’m grateful to God, whom I serve with a good conscience as my ancestors did. I constantly remember you in my prayers day and night. 4 When I remember your tears, I long to see you so that I can be filled with happiness. 5 I’m reminded of your authentic faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice. I’m sure that this faith is also inside you. 6 Because of this, I’m reminding you to revive God’s gift that is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 God didn’t give us a spirit that is timid but one that is powerful, loving, and self-controlled. 


Today's Devotional

Most of the time I suspect that God has, indeed, given me a timid spirit! I am not typically quick to charge bravely into new situations. It took me 30 years to answer God’s call to ministry! And yet, I have, from time to time, felt very powerful, loving and self-controlled. 

I have come to understand that before we can experience that strong spirit rising in ourselves, we must reach a point where we fully trust God. It is also important to note that taking time to examine situations before acting does not necessarily mean one has a timid spirit! 

Paul was offering encouragement to Timothy in both his faith and his actions. I believe we all have times when we need to be encouraged in our faith, and in how we live our lives. Likewise, we need to take time on occasion to consider how our faith shapes our lives. 

Lent is an obvious time that lends itself to this introspection. Looking inward is a part of the Lenten experience. Spending time each day in prayer, study and meditation can give us insight into just how powerful, loving, and self-controlled our spirits may be. It can also provide us with insight as to how we might deepen our faith journey each day as we seek God’s guidance for our lives and as we seek to make the greatest use of the spirit God has given us for the glory of God’s kingdom. 

-- Rev. Robbie Fall, retired elder

Prayer for Reflection

Help us, O God, to recognize the spiritual strengths you have given us. May we deepen our journey with you during the Lenten season. Amen. 


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