lENT 2022 bIBLE rEADING PLAN

 

Week 4

March 24 

Speak with a short prayer asking God to give you a long-term-view that releases you from worry.

Listen to God’s voice in Psalms 37:1-4.

1 Don’t worry about the wicked
   or envy those who do wrong.
2 For like grass, they soon fade away.
   Like spring flowers, they soon wither.

3 Trust in the Lord and do good.
   Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.
4 Take delight in the Lord,
   and he will give you your heart’s desires.

Speak, praying for those you know who are consumed by short-term-worry because they don’t trust in a long-term-Lord.

Listen to the Spirit of God in this moment as He frees you right now from pestering yourself with worry.


March 25 

Speak with a short prayer that you will joyfully do God’s will.

Listen to God’s voice in Psalms 40:6-8.

6 You take no delight in sacrifices or offerings.
   Now that you have made me listen, I finally understand[a]—
   you don’t require burnt offerings or sin offerings.
7 Then I said, “Look, I have come.
   As is written about me in the Scriptures:
8 I take joy in doing your will, my God,
   for your instructions are written on my heart.”

Speak, praying for joy as you do the will of God.

Listen to the Spirit of God in this moment as you come to Him simply, with empty hands.
 

March 26 

Speak with a short prayer of freedom from discouragement.

Listen to God’s voice in Psalms 42:5a, 11 and 43:5 (they’re all the same).

5 Why am I discouraged?
   Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God!
   I will praise him again—
   my Savior and my God!

Speak, praying for freedom from the bondage of discouragement.

Listen to the Spirit of God in this moment as He liberates you, today from discouragement. Put your hope in Him. Praise Him!

 

March 27 Sunday - Worship with the people of God.

 

March 28

Speak with a short prayer of thankfulness for Jesus’ sacrifice for you.

Listen to God’s voice in Psalms 44:22 that Paul quotes in Romans 8:36 to reassure us that despite outward circumstances “overwhelming victory is ours through Christ.”

22 But for your sake we are killed every day;
   we are being slaughtered like sheep.

Speak, praying for compassion for those you know who are like sheep destined for slaughter and without hope.

Listen to the Spirit of God in this moment, wait until He inspires you with the memory of someone with whom you can share the message of hope in final victory.

 

March 29 

Speak with a short prayer offering your broken spirit to your heavenly father. 

Listen to God’s voice in Psalms 51:15-17.

15 Unseal my lips, O Lord,
   that my mouth may praise you.

16 You do not desire a sacrifice, or I would offer one.
   You do not want a burnt offering.
17 The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit.
   You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.

Speak, praying for a broken and repentant heart. If you can’t think of anything to repent of, repent of that.

Listen to the Spirit of God in this moment as He graciously receives your offering of your broken spirit.  Hand it to him.

 

March 30 

Speak with a short “dollar bill” prayer – In God We Trust.

Listen to God’s voice in Psalms 56:3-4, 11.

3 But when I am afraid,
   I will put my trust in you.
4 I praise God for what he has promised.
   I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?
   What can mere mortals do to me?

11 I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?
   What can mere mortals do to me?

Speak, clenching your fears in your fists. Then open your fists, symbolically releasing those fears to God.

Listen to the Spirit of God in this moment as He floods you with the ability to trust Him. Praise Him.