The 40 Days of Lent
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. The tempter came and said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.’ But he answered, ‘It is written,
“One does not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
Lord, We live in a world that tells us that we live by bread alone, but you tell us different. Inspire us during this Lenten season to discern that different path. Let us be guided by your spirit in the direction that you have set out for all of your creation. Strengthen us as we seek that direction.
The 40 Days of Lent
Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or abuse for abuse; but, on the contrary, repay with a blessing. It is for this that you were called—that you might inherit a blessing.
~~~1 Peter 3:8-9
Lord, Compassion is an extremely popular word. There is something inside of each of us that wants to be compassionate with everyone we encounter. There is, however, another voice. That voice says that we must set things right. That voice says that compassion is a sign of weakness. Help me to practice the compassion that you have taught so that we may follow you..
The 40 Days of Lent
You are a hiding-place for me;
you preserve me from trouble;
Lord, We all need a hiding place to escape our troubles. The world offers places that only deepen and widen our trouble, but you offer peace and grace. Let me open my eyes and see what you have offered to me and accept it. Lord, I accept that you are the true hiding place in my times of trouble.
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.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Question – When was the last time that you paused long enough to say “thanks” to God?
Prayer- LORD,I know that you created me with love and care, and you have plans for me that are beyond what I can imagine. You loved me when you knew all my secrets and shortcomings. Your love sustains me when I fail and lifts me when I fall. Thank you ,Lord, for being with me at all times. Amen
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Question – Have I looked to the divine shepherd today?
Prayer – LORD, we are so accustomed to counting on ourselves that we often forget that we have a shepherd to guide us in difficult times. Enlighten me to see that you are there when I feel so alone. You are there when the world has abandoned me. You are the divine shepherd who guides me through troubled waters. Amen.
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do…
Question – What does it mean to be in Christ Jesus?
Prayer – LORD, let me discover the meaning of being in you. This world throws out so many definitions of what it means to be a Christian, that it causes confusion. Let me fully accept you and allow you live in me. Amen
If you want to do right
and to obey my teaching
with all your heart,
then pay close attention.
Don’t be discouraged
when others insult you
and say hurtful things.
—- Isaiah 51:7-8
Question – Have I let the criticism of others take me away from the work of God?
Prayer – Lord, lift the weight of discouragement from my shoulders and give me the encouragement that comes with my closeness to you. Such a closeness is forged by following your word and paying heed to your spirit that dwells with me. Help me this day to have a keen awareness of you in me. Amen
I look to the hills!
Where will I find help?
It will come from the Lord,
who created the heavens
and the earth.
The Lord is your protector,
and he won’t go to sleep
or let you stumble.
The protector of Israel
or ever get drowsy.
Question – Do I look to God for my protection?
Prayer- Lord, we all need protection from the dangers that surround us. We need protection from ourselves and our propensity to stray. You are our protector even when our senses go to sleep. You watch and protect us when we push you off. You are such a loving and ever-present God. Amen
Let me ask you this. What would you do if you had a hundred sheep and one of them wandered off? Wouldn’t you leave the ninety-nine on the hillside and go look for the one that had wandered away? I am sure that finding it would make you happier than having the ninety-nine that never wandered off. That’s how it is with your Father in heaven. He doesn’t want any of these little ones to be lost.
Question- Would you that much for one person?
Prayer–Lord, you see the value of me, just me. Help me to value others in such a way that I can value myself. You have given me so much love when you chose to sacrifice yourself for me. Allow me in my path to give your love to others. Amen