I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. –Ephesians 3:16-21, NRSV
Author Ted A. Smith writes, “Lent is a kind of spring training for Ordinary Time.” In the liturgical calendar, Ordinary Time is when we focus on our call as disciples through Jesus’ teaching and ministry. Lent is a time for focused spiritual renewal and deepening commitment to what it means to follow Jesus to the cross and beyond. This time of renewal and deepened commitment shapes how we are able to magnify our calling to Christ-like ministry. –Janné Grover, Lenten Formation
- How is Lent a time of spiritual renewal and deepening commitment in your life this year?
- Prayerfully dwell in the text above from Ephesians 3:16-21. What is God’s invitation to you in this prayer today?
- What practices are deepening your commitment and expanding your understanding of the “breadth and length and height and depth” of the Christ-way? How are you invited this Lenten season to be more deeply “rooted and grounded” in God as the source of all you do?