Today is the 1st day of Lent, a 40 day season of spiritual reflection, repentance, and renewal. During these 40 days we’ll explore the prayer life of Jesus, walking chronologically through every mention of Jesus’ prayer life and prayers in the Gospels.
Here is today’s prayer event: 21Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened, 22and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” (Luke 3:21-22 ESV).
All four Gospels mention the baptism of Jesus (Matt 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; John 1:32-34 ). But only Luke tells us that the descent of the Spirit and the voice from heaven were preceded by the prayer of Jesus (verse 21). The anointing presence of God (the dove/Holy Spirit) and the loving affirmation of God (the voice) came in response to prayer. Jesus’ ministry-journey begins here, and as it begins, God speaks to Jesus through prayer: “I am with you; I love you.”
Spend a few moments in silence right now. Think of the day, month, or year ahead of you. Ask God to be with you. Listen for God’s voice: “I am with you.” And, ask God to affirm you. Listen for God’s voice: “I love you.”
SHARE WITH OTHER READERS BELOW WHICH OF THE TWO PHRASES MEANS THE MOST TO YOU AND WHY: “I AM WITH YOU” OR “I LOVE YOU”…