Every Wednesday we invite you to Pause & Pray with us. Today’s Pause & Pray is curated by Woo Lim Kwak.
Read Luke 4:1-13
1Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the
Spirit in the wilderness, 2where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He
ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was
famished. 3The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this
stone to become a loaf of bread.” 4Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘One
does not live by bread alone.’”
When you find yourself in a space such as Lent, where life seems thinner than usual and the journey more focused than normal, what do people of faith do to keep journeying on? In ancient times, rituals helped to remind the people of the promise, as yet unfulfilled, and gave reason to trust what seemed to be impossible.
In this week’s Scripture, we hear how Jesus was tempted by the devil. We know that Jesus was not alone; Scripture reminds us that he was “full of the Holy Spirit” and that he was “led by the Spirit into the wilderness.” And yet, the devil tries to persuade Jesus to worship him. This week, we ask the question: “What temptations keep your attention and love from God?”
In this first week of the Lenten season, let us meditate on our relationship with God and temptations which keep us away from the Divine. (Source: Discipleship Ministries)
“Lord, Who Throughout These 40 Days”
Performed by Chris Brunelle