First Sunday in Lent 2019

Because of my loud groaning my bones cling to my flesh. Psalm 102:5

The Psalmist continues the condition of his body here, of his his heart withered and forgetting to eat.

Our prayers must convey all we feel to the Lord. When we hold back, we limit ourselves, we open the doors to seek other sources of relief. When we hold back, we suffer more. When we hold back, we do not own our broken status. Yes, God know all. It is healthy to groan to the Lord. It is healthy to cry and groan to Him.

When we confide in fellow Christians, we must do so through prayer, through asking others to pray for us and with us.

God works to relieve us through His Son Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit was given us to comfort us through all we encounter. No matter the circumstance, whether self inflicted or inflicted by others, seek Him for comfort. Even with groaning through our bodies suffering, Jesus Christ is with us every step of the way.

As we meditate on this Sunday in Lent upon how Jesus went into the wilderness to fast for 40 days and 40 nights, let us know He hungered for us, to withstand all the heinous temptations of the Devil for us. He is our Light. He carries us through. We must turn to Him in faithful prayer, even groaning.

Prayer.

Almighty God, we thank you for sending your Son to bear all our burdens. We thank you that He withstood all the temptations we face in a weakened state. Help us to stay connected to Him in our prayers and in our worship with your Church, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.