Great Plains Daily Devotional for 3/6/2023 Hebrews 3:1-6

Today please be in prayer for

Pender United Church
Elkhorn Valley District
Crawford Valley UMC
Plainview UMC
Elkhorn Valley District
Randolph, NE First UMC
Wausa UMC
Elkhorn Valley District
Dakota City UMC
Homer UMC
South Sioux City St Paul UMC
Elkhorn Valley District

Today's Lectionary Text

Hebrews 3:1-6

Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, partners in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession, who was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses also “was faithful in all God's house.” Yet Jesus is worthy of more glory than Moses, just as the builder of a house has more honor than the house itself. (For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.) Now Moses was faithful in all God’s house as a servant, to testify to the things that would be spoken later. Christ, however, was faithful over God’s house as a son, and we are his house if we hold firm the boldness and the pride inspired by hope.

Today’s Reflective Questions

  • Even if it is not obvious, where do you see a theme of fasting — or withholding something — in the assigned reading?
  • Lent is a time that encourages self-reflection. What is your heart, mind, or body saying in this season?
  • What might God be saying to you? Is there anything you want to say to God about the practice of giving something up in this season?

Today's Devotional

This Week’s Lenten Focus: Fasting

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 Fasting.

Discipline isn’t necessarily something to which we naturally gravitate, but when we’re serious about becoming disciples of Jesus, it’s an essential part of the Christian life. This week we’ll take a look at the spiritual discipline of fasting and consider how intentionally limiting something that’s good (food, technology, or something else) cultivates discipline that helps us pay closer attention to God’s voice, individually and in a community.

Life isn’t found in calories, vitamins, or nutrients, though those things sustain it. Rather, life is found in submitting our lives to God, in taking on the life of Christ, and in putting one foot after another, day after day. You are invited to practice cultivating communion with God even in the intentional denial of something that is good.
Rev. Ashlee Alley Crawford
Rev. Bellarmee Milosi


Invitation to Go Deeper

What are you learning about fasting, the intentional denial of something that is good so that you can experience a deeper communion with Christ? Consider how fasting affects your mind … your body … your soul. Is something coming to your awareness that could be a word from God?

Prayer for Reflection

God, help me to “fix my thoughts on Jesus” today. Let me find myself empty and trust in the knowledge that the fullness of him is open and available for me today. Amen.


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