Date: Friday, March 7
Scripture: Romans 12:1-2
Verse: I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. (Romans 12:1)
Why do we fast during Lent? Why do we stand during the gospel reading, or bow our heads when we pray? Why do we come forward for communion, and offer a time to kneel at the rail after you receive? We can certainly participate in Lent without fasting, hear the gospel without standing, look up when we pray, receive communion while seated, and return to our seats after the sacrament without kneeling. But there is something to the physicality of our faith which is helpful. We use water as a sign of our relationship with God, and bread and juice to remember Christ’s sacrifice. In our wedding ceremony, we talk about the wedding ring as an “outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace.” We offer prayer shawls for people take to the hospital with them. As human beings created both physically and spiritually, our relationship to God is often expressed or strengthened through what we do with our bodies.
Here in Romans, the Apostle Paul calls us to present our bodies to God as a living sacrifice. This certainly applies to all of the above, but also our everyday living. We can worship God with by standing while singing or kneeling while praying, but also by standing beside a friend in need or kneeling to play with and listen to a child. Our relationship with God can be strengthened by offering our bodies in his service.
Prayer: I present my body to you, O God, as a living sacrifice. Amen.
Action: Experiment with your posture while you pray. Does it make a difference if you kneel or lie down. What if you stand with your head up rather than down (an ancient prayer posture)?
Respond: What physical, outward, tangible signs bring your closer to God? Answer by clicking “Leave a Comment” below.
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