533Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of April 6, 2008
- Apr 6, 2008Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of April 6, 2008
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho
Press, here is a selection from our book of daily
devotions, "Living as the Beloved: One Day at a
Time," by the Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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"Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the
wilderness to be tempted by the devil."
Who has not been tempted? Who has not struggled
with the enticements of this world? Life is full
of temptation and those who tempt. It is very easy
to quote sacred writings to justify our longing to
satisfy desires. Resisting temptation can be very
difficult. Temptation takes many subtle and not so
subtle forms. Sex, prestige, comfort, money, power,
food, success, and a desire for fame are just a few
things that often tempt us.
Jesus was tempted throughout his life and ministry
career. Let us linger in the story of Jesus' great
temptation for the next few days (Matthew 4:1-11).
Jesus has just been baptized in public consecration
to God in the previous chapter. The Holy Spirit
immediately leads him into a desert wasteland for
a time of prayer, fasting, and meditation. Through
these spiritual disciplines, he was able to discern
his ministry and life priorities. Read scripture
to learn what the Spirit says to you about these
spiritual disciplines. Perhaps, like Jesus, you
will better know your own ministry.
We have much to learn about being led by the Spirit
and going somewhere special to pray. When have you
felt "led" to go somewhere for a special time of
prayer and possibly fasting? One does not have to
go to a desert to experience solitude for spiritual
growth and moments of discernment. Perhaps it would
be good to reflect today on what tempts us into areas
harmful for our lives and loved ones.
God, lead us by your Spirit into special moments for
prayer today. As we linger with this story for the
next few days, teach us about temptation, prayer,
fasting, solitude, and scripture. Amen.
Grace and peace,
Chi Rho Press
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