First Sunday of Lent.

First Sunday of Lent.

The temptation in the wilderness.

The first Sunday of Lent finds Jesus in the wilderness, experiencing temptations: to be selfish, to rely on power rather on than God and to make a spectacle of himself. The temptations of Jesus, aren’t ultimately all that different from our own. Jesus reassures us that we are all prone to temptation, after all he included ‘lead us not into temptation’ in the Our Father. But he also reassures us that with his grace, we can resist temptation.

As you begin these reflections each day spend a few moments repeating the phrase “Speak Lord, your servant it listening.” Then read the short passage from Sunday’s readings until you have memorised it. Read the questions and give yourself time to deeply consider your response. Once you have reflected for a few minutes, speak to the Lord, as you would to a friend, about what you have reflected upon.

Sunday.

Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit through the wilderness, being tempted there by the devil for forty days. (Luke 4:1-2)

  • What are your biggest and most common temptations?
  • When have you felt led by the Holy Spirit?
  • Have you ever wandered through a wilderness?
  • Let the Holy Spirit fill you and lead you in prayer.

Monday.

During that time he ate nothing and at the end he was hungry. Then the devil said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to turn into a loaf.’ But Jesus replied, ‘Scripture says: Man does not live on bread alone.’ (Luke 4:2-4)

  • What kind of fasting are you doing for Lent?
  • What do you hunger for?
  • What more than bread do you need to live?
  • Let the Son of God fill your heart with his presence.

Tuesday.

Jesus answered him, ‘It has been said: You must not put the Lord your God to the test.’ Having exhausted all these ways of tempting him, the devil left him, to return at the appointed time. (Luke 4:12-13)

  • Have you ever put God to the test?
  • When have you been aware of the devil’s presence?
  • What do you think ‘the appointed time’ is referring to?
  • Let the Lord your God speak to your heart.

Wednesday.

If your lips confess that Jesus is Lord and if you believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, then you will be saved. By believing in your heart you are made righteous, by confessing with your lips you are saved. (Romans 10:9-10)

  • Who have you told that Jesus is your Lord?
  • What does believing in the resurrection actually mean to you?
  • What do you need saved from?
  • Let the Lord Jesus speak to your heart about righteousness.

Thursday.

His love he set on me, so I will rescue him protect him for he knows my name. When he calls I shall answer: ‘I am with you.’ I will save him in distress and give him glory. (Psalm 90:14-15)

  • Reflect on how much you have set your love on God.
  • When have you known that God is with you?
  • What distress do you need rescued from?
  • Let the Lord remind you ‘I am with you.’

Friday

Moses said to the people: ‘The priest shall take the pannier from your hand and lay it before the altar of the Lord your God. Then in the sight of the Lord your God, you must make this pronouncement: ‘My father was a wandering Aramean.” (Deuteronomy 20:4-5)

  • What gifts do you lay before the altar today?
  • Reflect on being part of a pilgrim people.
  • What would your pronouncement of faith include?
  • Reflect on the Lord your God keeping you in his sight.

Saturday

“Here then I bring you the first fruits of the produce of the soil that you, Lord, have given me.” You must then lay them before the Lord your God, and bow down in the sight of the Lord your God. (Deuteronomy 26:10)

  • What have you produced for God from your efforts?
  • How has the Lord made your efforts fertile and productive?
  • Offer yourself now as a gift to the Lord.
  • Bow down before the Lord your God and listen to his blessing.
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