February 17, 2021 · 8:54 am
For the Christian Church, the season of Lent includes the 40 days beginning on Ash Wednesday, going through Holy Week, and ending on the Saturday before Easter. Sundays are not counted since Sundays celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. Many biblical events are associated with the number 40, but Lent is most commonly connected to the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness after his baptism.
Originating in the 4th century, the church has marked this time with prayer, introspection, and repentance as we prepare for the holiest day of celebration – Christ’s resurrection on Easter. We traditionally focus on confession of our sin, fasting, and giving to others.
The last week of Lent is Holy Week. During this holiest time of the liturgical year, the church relives the final week of Christ’s life. On Palm Sunday, believers celebrate the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. On Maundy Thursday we revisit the Last Supper and institution of Holy Communion, while on Good Friday we recall the passion and crucifixion of the Lord.
The Messiah’s defeat of sin and death on the cross, confirmed by the resurrection three days later, fulfilled the covenant God made with Abraham and Israel that through him all families of the earth would be blessed. In this, Christ gave us a new and redeemed world in which we are free to live in the Kingdom of God – now and forever. We are part of a continuous line of Christians who have celebrated for 2000 years God Incarnate who was born of the Virgin Mary, lived sinlessly, died on the cross, and rose from the dead. He opened wide the doors of the Kingdom of God in today’s world and promised his presence with us always. He offers peace beyond our circumstances, joy beyond our expressions, wisdom beyond our understanding, and accomplishments beyond our abilities.
Father, guide me to use these 40 days of Lent to honestly look into my soul, repent of my waywardness, and commit to loving and serving you more.
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April 10, 2020 · 12:28 pm
See, my servant shall prosper;
he shall be exalted and lifted up,
and shall be very high.
Just as there were many who were astonished at him
—so marred was his appearance, beyond human semblance,
and his form beyond that of mortals—
so he shall startle many nations;
kings shall shut their mouths because of him;
for that which had not been told them they shall see,
and that which they had not heard they shall contemplate.
Who has believed what we have heard?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
For he grew up before him like a young plant,
and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by others;
a man of suffering and acquainted with infirmity;
and as one from whom others hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him of no account.
Surely he has borne our infirmities
and carried our diseases;
yet we accounted him stricken,
struck down by God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions,
crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the punishment that made us whole,
and by his bruises we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have all turned to our own way,
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
By a perversion of justice he was taken away.
Who could have imagined his future?
For he was cut off from the land of the living,
stricken for the transgression of my people.
They made his grave with the wicked
and his tomb with the rich,
although he had done no violence,
and there was no deceit in his mouth.
Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him with pain.
When you make his life an offering for sin,
he shall see his offspring, and shall prolong his days;
through him the will of the Lord shall prosper.
Out of his anguish he shall see light;
he shall find satisfaction through his knowledge.
The righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous,
and he shall bear their iniquities.
Therefore I will allot him a portion with the great,
and he shall divide the spoil with the strong;
because he poured out himself to death,
and was numbered with the transgressors;
yet he bore the sin of many,
and made intercession for the transgressors.
Question- Do you live in His everlasting love?
Prayer- LORD, you have given all to me. I have nothing to offer but thanks and obedience. I pledge this day to give my all to you. Amen.
April 9, 2020 · 10:05 am
Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me — put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Question- How can I practice the things that God has taught me today?
Prayer- LORD, help me to see the many things that I have learn through reading your word, worshiping you and sharing with other believers. Stir my heart and soul and make this day a day of discovery. May I see the many things that I have missed in past days and put them into practice today. Amen.
April 7, 2020 · 9:57 am
The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.
Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Question- Will you depend upon the might of God to overcome your anxiety?
Prayer- LORD, we live in a world that is wrought with justifiable anxiety at this stressful and perilous time. I will look to you, the mighty one, to carry me through this day. Guide me through the troubles of this day and protect me from the challenges to come. Help me to focus using your eyes as my eyes and your love as my comfort. Amen
April 4, 2020 · 9:45 am
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Question- What must I do to find the peace of God on this day?
Prayer- LORD, your peace is what we seek. The peace you offer frees us from the tyranny of this world and the uncertainty of its achievements. We are surrounded by frightening and disturbing things right now and we seek your peace with all our heart. Amen
April 3, 2020 · 9:18 am
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Question- What ways must I surrender to God’s path today?
Prayer- LORD, I trust you with all that I am and lean to you for the wisdom needed to carry me through this day. It is sometimes difficult to just let go and allow you to lead the way. My goal today is to allow you to ease my burden and carry my load for I am exhausted. Amen
April 1, 2020 · 9:36 am
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
—2 Chronicles 7:14
Question- How will you humble yourself today?
Prayer- LORD, you are teaching some new definitions of humility during this crisis that we are facing. Give me the courage to put myself aside and live for the greater good. I know that you will heal us in time and I acknowledge my helplessness as I wait and pray for that time to come. Amen.
March 31, 2020 · 1:16 pm
Be strong and bold; have no fear or dread of them, because it is the Lord your God who goes with you; he will not fail you or forsake you.’
Question- How will I express my boldness in the Lord today?
Prayer- LORD, let me discover the boldness that you have planted in me. Make my heart and mind aware that you are the source of my strength and courage. Let me behave with the confidence that flows from that knowledge. Amen.
March 26, 2020 · 9:35 am
the burning sand shall become a pool,
and the thirsty ground springs of water;
the haunt of jackals shall become a swamp,
the grass shall become reeds and rushes.
Question- What changes are you making in your life?
Prayer- LORD, you can change any situation. Help me to see the things in my life that need to be transformed, and make me ready for the totality of transformation that comes when you are truly involved. Amen
March 24, 2020 · 9:24 am
I call upon you, O LORD; come quickly to me;
give ear to my voice when I call to you.
Let my prayer be counted as incense before you,
and the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice
Question- Do I call upon the Lord and believe he will come?
Prayer- Lord, I call upon you this day with the faith that you will carry me through. I acknowledge you as my strength I times of trouble, my shield in times of danger and my deliverer in times of panic. Please be me this day and be my friend. Amen