lENT 2022 bIBLE rEADING PLAN

 

Week 1 

 

March 2: Ash Wednesday

 

March 3 

 

Speak with a short prayer quieting yourself in the presence of the one true God.

 

Listen to God’s voice in Psalms 2:6-7, recalling that Jesus used the riddle of verse 7 to place himself in the Messianic role in Matthew 22, Mark 12, and Luke 20.

 

6 For the Lord declares, “I have placed my chosen king on the throne
   in Jerusalem, on my holy mountain.”

7 The king proclaims the Lord’s decree:
“The Lord said to me, ‘You are my son.
   Today I have become your Father. 

 

Speak, praying that Jesus, your eternal king, the son of the father, may supersede any other loyalties in your life.

 

Listen to the Spirit of God in this moment as you worship Him as king of all.

 

March 4 

 

Speak with a short prayer of celebration for the safety and peace you enjoy. Not small things.

 

Listen to God’s voice in Psalms 4:6-8.

 

6 Many people say, “Who will show us better times?”
   Let your face smile on us, Lord.
7 You have given me greater joy
   than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine.
8 In peace I will lie down and sleep,
   for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.

 

Speak, praying that as you enter these days of focused prayer you may be transformed...with joy and peace.

 

Listen to the Spirit of God in this moment as He smiles on you. Receive that smile.

 

March 5

 

Speak with a short prayer recognizing your mortality and need for rescue.

 

Listen to God’s voice in Psalms 6:2-7.

 

2 Have compassion on me, Lord, for I am weak.
   Heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony.
3 I am sick at heart.
   How long, O Lord, until you restore me?

4 Return, O Lord, and rescue me.
   Save me because of your unfailing love.
5 For the dead do not remember you.
   Who can praise you from the grave? 

6 I am worn out from sobbing.
   All night I flood my bed with weeping,
   drenching it with my tears.

 

Speak, praying for healing and restoration. Weeping is OK.

Listen to the Spirit of God in this moment as He assures you that He hears and He is good.

 

 

March 6 (Sunday) - Worship with the people of God.

 

March 7

 

Speak with a short prayer that you will have the ability to praise like a child. 

Listen to God’s voice in Psalms 8:2, which Jesus quoted in Matthew 21:16.

2 You have taught children and infants
   to tell of your strength,
silencing your enemies
   and all who oppose you.

Speak, asking for childlike innocence, optimism, and enthusiasm.

Listen to the Spirit of God in this moment as He teaches and leads you back toward any childlikeness you have lost. 

 

March 8 

 

Speak with a short prayer asking for openness to His wisdom.

 

Listen to God’s voice in Psalms 14:2-3.

 

2 The Lord looks down from heaven
   on the entire human race;
he looks to see if anyone is truly wise,
   if anyone seeks God.
3 But no, all have turned away;
   all have become corrupt.
No one does good,
   not a single one!

 

Speak, inviting God to make you aware of any “turning away” in your own life.

 

Listen to the Spirit of God in this moment as you seek him, desiring to be “truly wise.”

 

March 9 

 

Speak with a short prayer of thanksgiving for the resurrection of Jesus, foretold in this Psalm.

 

Listen to God’s voice in Psalms 16:8-11 which Peter quotes in Acts 2.

 

8 I know the Lord is always with me.
   I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.

9 No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice.
   My body rests in safety.
10 For you will not leave my soul among the dead
   or allow your holy one to rot in the grave.
11 You will show me the way of life,
   granting me the joy of your presence
   and the pleasures of living with you forever. 

 

Speak, praying for the joy of God’s presence now and the pleasures of living with Him forever.

 

Listen to the Spirit of God in this moment as He empowers you to be a witness to the good news of the resurrection.