For the week of 1 Lent, the writer was asked to meditate on the theme of prayer.
Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. - Book of Common Prayer, p. 218
“God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship him in spirit and truth.” Jesus’ words to the Samaritan woman at the well described a new reality. With the coming of the Messiah, the transition from the Old Testament Law of Moses where ceremony played a major role gave way to salvation through the living water of Jesus Christ.
Jesus emphasized the inward part of divine worship. He Himself is the truth and no one comes to the Father except through Him. No longer was worship dependent on the temple in Jerusalem. The Spirit of God is everywhere and open to Jew and Gentile alike.
In breaking down the barriers between people and God, Jesus enabled us to be closer to our creator. Seek to worship God by turning inward in prayer with an open heart and truthful spirit.
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