lENT 2022 bIBLE rEADING PLAN

 

Week 2

 

March 10 

 

Speak with a short prayer, opening yourself for God to examine you.

 

Listen to God’s voice in Psalms 17:1-3, then ending with verse 15.

 O Lord, hear my plea for justice.
   Listen to my cry for help.
Pay attention to my prayer,
   for it comes from honest lips.
2 Declare me innocent,
   for you see those who do right.

3 You have tested my thoughts and examined my heart in the night.
   You have scrutinized me and found nothing wrong.
   I am determined not to sin in what I say.
 

15 Because I am righteous, I will see you.
   When I awake, I will see you face to face and be satisfied.

 

Speak, inviting God’s Spirit to test, examine and scrutinize you.

 

Listen to the Spirit of God in this moment as He leads you to righteousness. Where do  you need to be led?

 

March 11 

 

Speak with a short prayer thanking God for His delight in you.

 

Listen to God’s voice in Psalms 18:16-19.

16 He reached down from heaven and rescued me;
   he drew me out of deep waters.
17 He rescued me from my powerful enemies,
   from those who hated me and were too strong for me.
18 They attacked me at a moment when I was in distress,
   but the Lord supported me.
19 He led me to a place of safety;
   he rescued me because he delights in me.

 

Speak, praying for freedom from distress.

 

Listen to the Spirit of God in this moment – what does He affirm? Delight in His delight.

 

March 12 

 

Speak with a short prayer of commitment to God’s instructions, decrees, commands, and laws.

 

Listen to God’s voice in Psalms 19:7-11.

7 The instructions of the Lord are perfect,
   reviving the soul.
The decrees of the Lord are trustworthy,
   making wise the simple.
8 The commandments of the Lord are right,
   bringing joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are clear,
   giving insight for living.
9 Reverence for the Lord is pure,
   lasting forever.
The laws of the Lord are true;
   each one is fair.
10 They are more desirable than gold,
   even the finest gold.
They are sweeter than honey,
   even honey dripping from the comb.
11 They are a warning to your servant,
   a great reward for those who obey them.

Speak, committing to God a renewed immersion in His instructions and commands.

Listen to the Spirit of God in these days of Lent paying attention to where you might have wandered from revering His sweet-as-honey laws.

 

March 13 (Sunday) - Worship with the people of God.

 

March 14

Speak with a short prayer of thankfulness that Jesus suffered and died in your place. Don’t skip over this just because you’ve heard it before. Dead, in your place.

Listen to God’s voice in Psalms 22, the Psalm Jesus quoted from the cross. Note how the story of Jesus overlays on this Psalm:

1 My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
   Why are you so far away when I groan for help?

7 Everyone who sees me mocks me.
   They sneer and shake their heads, saying,
8 “Is this the one who relies on the Lord?
   Then let the Lord save him!

    If the Lord loves him so much,
   let the Lord rescue him!”

17 I can count all my bones.
   My enemies stare at me and gloat.
18 They divide my garments among themselves
   and throw dice for my clothing.

Speak, praying that all of Jackson County may have a realistic opportunity to hear and respond to the story of Jesus.

Listen to the Spirit of God in this moment as he burdens you with an eagerness to share the good news.

 

March 15 

Speak with a short prayer of thankfulness that the Lord is your shepherd. Be a sheep.

Listen to God’s voice in Psalms 23:5.

5 You prepare a feast for me
   in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
   My cup overflows with blessings.

Speak, praying for a celebratory feasting spirit even in the middle of Lent.

Listen to the Spirit of God in this moment as He “pours” oil on your head and overflows your “cup.” Feel the oil.

 

March 16 

Speak with a short prayer, recognizing the difference of scale between you and the King of glory.

Listen to God’s voice in Psalms 24:7-10.

7 Open up, ancient gates!
   Open up, ancient doors,
   and let the King of glory enter.
8 Who is the King of glory?
   The Lord, strong and mighty;
   the Lord, invincible in battle.
9 Open up, ancient gates!
   Open up, ancient doors,
   and let the King of glory enter.
10 Who is the King of glory?
   The Lord of Heaven’s Armies—
   he is the King of glory. 

Speak, celebrating this mighty King who goes before you. Worship this mighty King.

Listen to the Spirit of God in this moment as you open the “gates of your heart” to let the King of glory in. Open your gates.