Lent 2017 // Day Six

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Interior Relationship with Jesus

Matthew 7:7-12

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”

On today’s journey I encourage you ladies to ask the Lord for this one simple thing that we like to complicate at times: a deeper relationship with Jesus. I don’t know about you, but whenever I hear “ask and it will be given to you” in the Bible I immediately start to picture all of the lovely things that the Lord could give me in my life. I think about asking Him for more success in my job and relationship, a deeper sense of security financially, and so on and so on. If I am feeling particularly pious on that day I will MAYBE think about asking the Lord for a deeper relationship with Him, but this is definitely not always the case.

On most days I really cannot get past my own immediate and selfish needs in order to really reflect and ask for a deeper relationship with the Lord, but this is what He wants! The Lord desires above all else to have a deeper relationship with Him. When He is telling us to ask, seek, and knock, He is telling us to do those things in order to come closer to Him! One way that I have been able to grow in deeper relationship with the Lord is by recognizing the small gestures of love that He pours out on me every day.

The Lord has shown His love for much through the kind words of a friend, a small note of encouragement left in my mailbox, donuts on a particularly crabby morning, and in so many other ways. It is through these small gestures of love that I have been able to piece together how much the Lord actually loves me and I know that my understanding of His love is but a drop in the ocean compared to how much He actually loves me;to how much He actually loves each and every one of you!

Today on your journey to sainthood I think it is important to stop and reflect on your relationship with the Lord. Is it a deep friendship built on love and trust or is the Lord just there to listen to you when something is not going your way? If it is the latter then I encourage you to ask the Lord for a deeper relationship! He is always waiting behind that door for you to knock and the love that is waiting for you is more than you could ever imagine.

“If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good things to those who ask him.”

Prayer for Holiness

Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy. Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy. Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love only what is holy. Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy. Guard me so, O Holy Spirit, that I may always be holy. Amen.

Peace of Heart

Almighty and Eternal God, Give me, I beseech You, the great gift of inward peace. Command the winds and storms of my unruly passions.Subdue, by Your grace,my proneness to love created things too much. Give me a love of suffering for Your sake. make me forbearing and kind to others, that I may avoid quarrels and contentions. And teach me constantly to seek after and to acquire that perfect resignation to Your Holy Will which alone brings interior peace. Amen.