Friday, March 15, 2013

Lent Devotional Week 6

Lent Devotional Week 6

Day 29: PRAYER
“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it
with thanksgiving.” Colossians 4:2
Pour out your heart in prayer, thanking God for the
answers that He has set into motion long before you
can discern the results. When you simply state your
concerns, your heart is full of tension. By thanking
Him for already answering your prayer, your mindset
becomes more positive and hopeful. Trust that God is

“As a father shows compassion to his children,
so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.
For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are
dust.” Psalm 103:13-14
Many times we forget our frailty and inability to be
righteous on our own. God is not surprised because He
made us and knows us as a father knows his children.
Walk in confidence that the Lord looks down and has
compassion on you even in your weaknesses.

Day 31: PRAYER
“And Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife, because
she was barren. And the Lord granted his prayer, and
Rebekah his wife conceived.” Genesis 25:21
The Lord God of Abraham was faithful to him in
finding a wife for his son, Isaac. However, Rebekah
was barren which at that time had severe negative
repercussions in society. But Isaac prayed, and she
gave birth to Esau and Jacob - Jacob from whom was
to come the nation of Israel. This was a Kingdom
sized prayer - a request for God to move in a big way.
What are some of your Kingdom sized prayers? Take 5
minutes and ask God to move in big ways.

“Then the disciples of John came to him, saying,
‘Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples
do not fast?’ And Jesus said to them, ‘Can the
weddings guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is
with them? The days will come when the bridegroom
is taken away from them, and then they will fast.”
Matthew 9:14-15
Let our fasting be driven by our heart’s deep hunger
for Jesus. Let our fasting be an act of joyful, awe-full,
tearful worship, done unto our beautiful God and
Savior. Let our fasting accompany prayers for our
Lord’s return, for His Kingdom to come and for His
name to be exalted in all glory forever.

“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and
beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility,
meekness, and patience, bearing with one another
and, if one has a complaint against another,
forgiving each other, as the Lord has forgiven you,
so you also must forgive. And above all these put
on love, which binds everything together in perfect
harmony.” Colossians 3:12-14
As those who are chosen by the God of the Universe,
our heart’s response is to show empathy for the
suffering of others, to put the needs of others ahead
of our own in quiet confidence, constantly extending
forgiveness as we have been forgiven of the greatest
offense. This begins with love. When we dwell on the
truth that we were chosen and made holy, not of our
own design or effort, we are moved to compassion
toward others, recognizing their needs rather than
their shortcomings. Remember where you were when
your Savior claimed you as His own, and may the
outpouring of your heart be a true desire to glorify
Him through a love for His people.

Day 34: PRAYER
“And going a little farther he fell on his face and
prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this
cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as
you will.” Matthew 26:39
Jesus shows us much in a simple prayer. We are
invited to pray to God as a Father with our best
interests in mind. This frees us to pray like Jesus that
we would desire the will of God the Father over our
own will in this life. Let us pray that we would love
God, the things He loves, and His will for our life; that
He would banish all fear and discontentment from us
and free us to embrace His will.

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