Great Plains Daily Devotional for 3/2/2023 2 Timothy 1:3-7

Today please be in prayer for

Bristow UMC
Lynch: First UMC
Spencer UMC
Elkhorn Valley District
Creighton Faith United UMC
Elkhorn Valley District
Meadow Grove UMC
Tilden Faith UMC
West Point Trinity UMC-UCC
Elkhorn Valley District

Today's Lectionary Text

2 Timothy 1:3-7

I am grateful to God — whom I worship with a clear conscience, as my ancestors did — when I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. Recalling your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy. I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you. For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands, for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.

Today's Reflective Questions

  • How have arrogance and pride in your life hindered your relationship with God and others?
  • Which behaviors, disciplines, or teachings of Christ reveal his humble spirit?
  • What steps will you take this week to develop a heart more open to God so you may embody a spirit of humility?

Today's Devotional

This Week's Lenten Focus: Humility

This Lenten season, Bishop David Wilson, along with some conference staff and members of the laity, are inviting the people of the Great Plains Conference and beyond to “Pay Attention to God’s Voice” during this season of Lent. The theme for this week is Humility.

Humility is freeing ourselves from the false wisdom of arrogance and pride and emerges when our heart becomes pliable to the presence and righteousness of God. The season of Lent is a time of deep self-examination and true acknowledgement of what we are willing to put aside to fully embrace and embody our God.  

Humility is not an automatic response for us. It is challenging for us to turn away from the urging of our inner desires and to put ourselves aside in the interest of God and others; however, God gives us the power of the Holy Spirit to do so. If we are humble enough to obediently submit and surrender to God, we experience restoration, and our lives are beautifully transformed. We become more peaceful, more loving, and more giving and forgiving. 

Through the presence of humility, we develop hearts of gratitude and we become more self-aware of who we are in Christ. Through the presence of humility, our choices remove us more and more from the urgings of the world and draw us nearer and closer to God.
Rev. Kathy Williams
Rev. Orlando Gallardo Parra

Invitation to Go Deeper

Choose a practice of moving that you may find a bit challenging. Make sure you don’t hurt yourself; however, use the practice in order to get your body stronger (use weights or simply use your body weight). 

Prayer for Reflection

Precious Lord, help us to always have a pure heart and sincere faith. May we remain steadfast and continue to trust in you all the days of our lives. Amen.


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