Thought of the Day February 20, 2024 To grow in our desire for God

By 10:43 AM

 The prayer of the Church for Lent: "Father, look on us, your children. Through the discipline of Lent help us to grow in our desire for you. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen."  

The purpose of our life, but especially in Lent, is "to grow in our desire for" God. Our resolutions for Lent should be directed to this end. Repentance of sin is to turn our hearts more to God. Our believing in the Word of the Lord is to draw closer to him. If we are not drawing closer to God, then our efforts are unfruitful. What does it mean to grow in our desire for God? It means that we want to focus on the will of God, so that our heart is united to his heart. Our ultimate purpose for existence is to be with God eternally, praising his name. This should be the underlying motive for all we do. For we want to see God and please him in gratitude for all his blessings.

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