Poets, Prophets and Disciples:
What it Means to Follow Jesus
Lenten Daily Devotional
March 12, 2019

Tuesday March 12

Luke 8:9-14

Freedom to be God’s

He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt: ‘Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax-collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, was praying thus, “God, I thank you that I am not like other people: thieves, rogues, adulterers, or even like this tax-collector. I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of all my income.” But the tax-collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!” I tell you, this man went down to his home justified rather than the other; for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted.’

’Twant me, ’twas the Lord. I always told him,

“I trust to you. I don’t know where to go or what to do, but I expect you to lead me,”

and he always did.

– Harriet Tubman

Prayer exercise:

In a world that is always asking and weighing what you do as a measure of your self-worth, today make a conscious effort to find your worth, your belonging, and ultimately your freedom in whose you are. 

  1. Look at yourself in the mirror and repeat this breath prayer: I am God’s own.  I am worthy.

  1. Next, take a marker/pen, and write on the back of your hand or wrist, God’s own. 

  1. As you progress through your day, every time to see that message on your hand silently repeat the prayer: I am God’s own.  I am worthy. 

  1. BONUS CHALLENGE: Continue this practice over the coming days.  As you become more comfortable, expand your breath prayer.  She is God’s own.  She is worthy.  Or, He is God’s own.  He is worthy.  Pray it over your coworker who is on your last nerve.  Pray it over the folks gathered in the subway car.  Pray it over the folks on the street that people forget to see.  Prayer changes us.  Prayer changes the world around us.  It is a holy and subversive act.  It is the way of Jesus.