Declare the Glory

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The 40 Days of Lent

Day Sixteen



The heavens are telling the glory of God;

   and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.

Day to day pours forth speech,

   and night to night declares knowledge.

There is no speech, nor are there words;

   their voice is not heard;

yet their voice goes out through all the earth,

   and their words to the end of the world.

~~~Psalm 19:1-4

Prayer BannerLord, You are the light of the world. You have promised to bring light into our darkened world, and we claim that promise this day. Let your light shine brightly in all the places of our lives so that me may rejoice in your glory.

Amen

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Holy Ground

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The 40 Days of Lent

Day Fifteen



‘Now when forty years had passed, an angel appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, in the flame of a burning bush. When Moses saw it, he was amazed at the sight; and as he approached to look, there came the voice of the Lord: “I am the God of your ancestors, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” Moses began to tremble and did not dare to look. Then the Lord said to him, “Take off the sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.

~~~Acts 7:30-33

Prayer BannerLord, You are the light of the world. You have promised to bring light into our darkened world, and we claim that promise this day. Let your light shine brightly in all the places of our lives so that me may rejoice in your glory.

Amen

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The Living Stone

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The 40 Days of Lent

Day Fourteen



Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

~~~1 Peter 2:4-5

Prayer BannerLord, Open my eyes so that I may see beyond my mortal nature. Help me to recognize the works of the living stone in this world. The living stone goes places and does things I could never do. My Lenten prayer is that I can recognize the living stone in the affairs of the world.

Amen

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What is Faith?

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The 40 Days of Lent

Day Twelve



Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.

~~~Hebrews 11:1-3

Prayer BannerLord, Faith is an elusive idea. It is the reason we believe and hope in things we have not seen. It is what gives us the strength to continue when all that we know tells us to stop. Our faith is the center of our journey with you. Please strengthen us this day through your spirit that dwells within us.

Amen

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See the Light

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The 40 Days of Lent

Day Thirteen



‘While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light.’

After Jesus had said this, he departed and hid from them.

~~~John 12:36

Prayer BannerLord, You are the light of the world. You have promised to bring light into our darkened world, and we claim that promise this day. Let your light shine brightly in all the places of our lives so that me may rejoice in your glory.

Amen

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Rejoice and Give Thanks!

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The 40 Days of Lent

Day Eleven



O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name,

make known his deeds among the peoples.

Sing to him, sing praises to him;

tell of all his wonderful works.

Glory in his holy name;

let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.

~~~Psalm 105:1-3

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Lord, We thank you for your presence with us every day. We praise you for the gifts you give us. We worship and sing with joy because you are our Creator and God. We enjoy with our eyes the wonders that surround us. May we keep this attitude throughout this day.

Amen

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You Are the CHRIST

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The 40 Days of Lent

Day Ten



Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say that I am?’ And they answered him, ‘John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.’ He asked them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Peter answered him, ‘You are the Messiah.’

~~~Mark 8:27-29

Prayer BannerLord, The most powerful words that anyone can say are You are the Christ, the savior, the messiah. We know that you have come to give us a life that we cannot picture or imagine. Let your Lordship take root in our live so that we may enjoy the victory that you offer. YOU ARE THE CHRIST.

Amen

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Justified by Grace

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The 40 Days of Lent

Day Nine



What then are we to say was gained by Abraham, our ancestor according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the scripture say? ‘Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.’ Now to one who works, wages are not reckoned as a gift but as something due.

~~~Romans 4:1-4

Prayer BannerLord, I know that my works can never save me, but why do I work so hard. Teach me to have faith and trust in your grace. Give me the freedom to be able to trust you more than I trust myself. That trust is what I seek this day.

Amen

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Lenten Purposes

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God walked on the earth in the human form of Jesus the Messiah. By His life and death and resurrection, God accomplished His plan to redeem creation and establish the kingdom of God “on earth as it is in heaven.” The Old Testament came to life, sermons of the prophets stopped being spoken and were lived in real time, theological arguments of centuries came clear, and spiritual fragments started coming together to make a whole. Religious symbolism of the Temple was now lived out in the souls of humanity in a new spiritual place with new rules and a new hope and a new King.

Christians found that persecution drives us deeper into a spiritual relationship with God. God taught us that He replaces every wound and every hurt with His joy and peace that confuses the world and puts us in the company of prophets, apostles, martyrs and saints of all the ages. And – heaven applauds! Suffering, we find, gives us an intense understanding of Christ’s suffering and draws us nearer to the sacrifice for our redemption.

The Messiah taught us to be the salt of the earth – to bring out the goodness of His creation, to add the flavor of God’s grace to those caught in the blandness of depression and hopelessness. Our vocation as believers is to make the difference in how people see life when God is a part of it.

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Jesus told us to be the light. We are to reflect God’s image to the world so people can see God’s face. We are to show how the light of God’s presence can overcome the darkness of dread and fear and hate that sin breeds. We are to shine light to chase away meanness and oppression that lurk in the shadows of life. We are here to illuminate the dark nights and mirror God’s mercy to all his people.

During Lent God’s people remember that throughout centuries of tragedy, love shines. Throughout all the heartbreak of war, peace rises. Throughout the blood of millions of martyrs, truth pours out. Throughout the sleepless nights of fear and danger, hope glows. Throughout the loneliness of isolation and helplessness, Presence embraces. Throughout all of life’s journey, forgiveness like a never ending stream flows from the throne of God.

Monica Boudreaux

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Your Shield

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The 40 Days of Lent

Day Eight



After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, ‘Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.’

~~~Genesis 15:1

Prayer BannerLord, A shield is particularly important to the vulnerable. We acknowledge our vulnerability to the many obstacles that life sets before us, and we recognize your ability to remove them. Please stand as our mighty shield as we travel our life journey. With you as our shield, we have victory.

Amen

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