Matthew 3 – THE REIGN OF GOD IS AT HAND

Matthew - a journey through Matthew

Hi!  I’m Melina, homeschooling mother of 11 and Grandmelina to 2!

Dear Jesus, I come before you today.  Open my heart and my mind as I read Matthew. Help me to understand what You are trying to say to me, and to see what You are trying to show me.  I love You.

Amen.

I should be baptized by YOU, yet You come to me!

Matthew 3:14

How humbling to have Jesus come to us, yet that is exactly what happens when we recognize our own limitations.  It is in that very recognition that Jesus is exalted.  When we become less, He becomes more.

Reform your lives!  The reign of God is at hand.

Matthew 3:2

A simple, yet potentially life-changing, prayer came to mind as I read this verse.

The Jesus Prayer:  “LORD JESUS CHRIST, SON OF GOD, HAVE MERCY ON ME, A SINNER.”  Amen.

This prayer is meant to be repeated over and over.  We can meditate on the words and what they mean everyday.  It shows us who Jesus is, who God is, and who we are.  When we realize the great mercy that Jesus has extended to us, we in turn can show mercy to others.  Yet, we can always know Jesus and His mercy more – and we can always show His Mercy more.  When we know His Mercy and the price He paid for our sins – the love He has for us – we want to change our lives to be worthy of Him.

I once spent every day for a month praying this prayer, not just once during the day but over and over.  Today I will spend time again praying this prayer, and meditating on the truths contained in it.  God wants to soften my heart.

YOUR TURN:  Read Matthew 2 and listen with your heart to what God’s Spirit is saying to you.  Then write down what you hear and feel, or what stands out for you in your journal.  You will enjoy being able to see God at work in your life.  If you’re unsure what to write, you can follow the method listed below.

ABC BIBLE SHARING:  A great way to read your scriptures.  Follow the ABC Bible Sharing Method here.

PRAYER:  Thank you God for sending Your Son, Jesus, to lead us and guide us in the Gospels close to Your loving heart.  Help me to listen to Your Word with my heart and allow Your Word to draw me closer to You.  Amen.