Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Lent: Stay Woke

Today's Lent Journey devotion is called "The Awakening." The Scripture is Luke 23:32-34, Jesus praying on the cross,  "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do." I like the declaration many are using in the justice movement today, "Stay Woke."  Inspite of all that is going on around us, we must not become so overwhelmed, get too busy and distracted, or become so comfortable that we lose conciousness of what is really going on around us and fall asleep.  We must "stay woke," especially and particularly to the presence of God in our lives.  Prayer is the foundation of our spiritual conciousness.  Jesus prayed consistently.  He was always conscious of the presence of the Father in his life.  Even on the cross, where I would have understood if Jesus was unconcious or asleep, but, he was not.  He stayed woke praying to the Father for his enemies, Father,  forgive them for they don't know what they are doing. 
Below is the an easy exercise directly from the devotion to practice the presence of God.

EXERCISE
• Take a few moments to talk to God and to share your feelings about your consciousness with Him.
• As an exercise for the day, use your cellphone as a tool. Each time you look at it, become aware of God’s presence.

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