“We invoke your mercy in humble prayer, O Lord, that you may cause us, your servants, corrected by penance and schooled by good works, to preserve sincerely in your commands and come safely to the paschal festivities. Through the Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.”
Through Lent we always remember the joy of Easter, but we are reminded of our sinful patterns. When we look at the story of God’s people, it’s a story of sinful rhythm. God saves them, they turn away. He saves them, they turn away. God redeems them, they reject Him.
Our hearts are the same as theirs. Unchecked, we will go through times of rebelliousness towards the very God who redeemed us. We forget the joy of Easter for fleeting earthly joys. We deny the fire in our souls and believe lies from outside.
Jesus has set us free, but our hearts still stray. Learning to persevere is the entire goal of spiritual discipline. We need to break habits, break chains, and move from sinful rhythms into the movement of the Spirit.
Prayer points // When looking at your sin, pray to see it the way God does.
Scripture Mediation // Psalm 106