lENT 2022 bIBLE rEADING PLAN

 

Week 5

 

March 31

Speak with a short prayer, echoing the psalmist who often refers to God as his “rock.”

Listen to God’s voice in Psalms 62:2,6 (they’re the same).

 

 He alone is my rock and my salvation,
   my fortress where I will never be shaken.

Speak, imagining your feet planted on an immovable rock. Tell God how good that feels.

Listen to the Spirit of God in this moment as He is below you (your rock) and over you (your fortress). Don’t be shaken (or stirred!).

 

April 1 

Speak with a short prayer of confession regarding recent times you have missed the mark and you knew it and that failing nags at you.

Listen to God’s voice in Psalms 65:3.

3 Though we are overwhelmed by our sins,
   you forgive them all.

Speak, claiming God’s gracious forgiveness of your failings, whether intentional and unintentional.

Listen to the Spirit of God in this moment as He brands you with this truth, “you are forgiven.” Be seared with that brand.

 

April 2

Speak with a short prayer recognizing your small place in the big story of mercy.

Listen to God’s voice in Psalms 67:1-2, noting that God’s mercy is oriented both toward us (verse 1) and toward the whole world (verse2).

 1 May God be merciful and bless us.
   May his face smile with favor on us.

2 May your ways be known throughout the earth,
   your saving power among people everywhere.

Speak, pleading with God for mercy for yourself and others with equal intensity.

Listen to the Spirit of God in this moment as He gives you hope for the whole earth, beginning with “us.”

 

April 3 (Sunday) - Worship with the people of God.

 

April 4 

Speak with this short prayer, “Help!” 

Listen to God’s voice in Psalms 69:29 which is the universal cry for help being voiced even at this moment by millions this day.

29 I am suffering and in pain.
   Rescue me, O God, by your saving power.

Speak, praying for God to relieve and heal your own suffering and pain.

Listen to the Spirit of God in this moment. Can you trust that His saving power is rescuing you? 

You can.

 

April 5 

Speak with a short prayer recognizing that your body is failing, or has failed, or will eventually fail you as you age.

Listen to God’s voice in Psalms 71:9, 18 which is the prayer of the aged.

9 And now, in my old age, don’t set me aside.
   Don’t abandon me when my strength is failing.
18 Now that I am old and gray,
   do not abandon me, O God.
Let me proclaim your power to this new generation,
   your mighty miracles to all who come after me.

Speak, praying for purpose as you age...being able to proclaim God’s power and miracles to those who follow.

Listen to the Spirit of God in this moment as He honors your past years with reasons to carry on into your future years.

 

April 6 

Speak with a short prayer for singularity of vision, focusing your life on God.

Listen to God’s voice in Psalms 73:25-26.

25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
   I desire you more than anything on earth.
26 My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak,
   but God remains the strength of my heart;
   he is mine forever.

Speak, praying to win the constant struggle to maintain your desire for God as your central desire, your “more than anything on earth” desire.

Listen to the Spirit of God in this moment as He becomes the “strength of your heart.”