Wednesday, February 29, 2012


Lord Christ,

We have your example: forty days in the wilderness to confront evil, to resist temptation. (Matthew 4:1-11)

Do not put the Lord your God to the test.

I’m trying to spend some time in the wilderness during Lent. To confront me - the blind spots, enticements and distractions, flaws and failings. It’s a time for confession, and I must first confess that I don’t relish that time in the wilderness.

Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.

Jesus, you spent six weeks - fasting and praying - in the wilderness. Tempted with secular power and material splendor. Tempted to take a worldly course. You resisted and choose a path of humility, obedience and sacrifice.

Away from me, Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.

You were attended by angels according to the Bible story.
May your Holy Spirit do the same for we confront evil, resist temptation and follow your path. Amen.