lENT 2022 bIBLE rEADING PLAN

 

Week 6

 

April 7 

 

Speak with a short prayer submitting both your actions and attitudes to God’s character. Really.

 

Listen to God’s voice in Psalms 86:11.

 

11 Teach me your ways, O Lord,
   that I may live according to your truth!
Grant me purity of heart,
   so that I may honor you.

 

Speak, praying to be broken and recast so you act in godly ways and your heart is pure. 

 

Listen to the Spirit of God in this moment as He teaches you His ways and grants you purity of heart. Honor Him

 

April 8

 

Speak with a short prayer thanking God that we, who were not citizens, have become citizens.

 

Listen to God’s voice in Psalms 87:4 where the psalmist celebrates the universality of God’s reign.

 

4 I will count Egypt and Babylon among those who know me—
   also Philistia and Tyre, and even distant Ethiopia.
   They have all become citizens of Jerusalem!

 

Speak, praying for the distant nations (including Ohio!), that they may become citizens of God’s kingdom.

 

Listen to the Spirit of God in this moment as He stirs your imagination regarding peoples who do not look like you, talk like you, eat like you or salute the same flag. Embrace them.

 

April 9 

 

Speak with a short prayer, kneeling in worship. Kneeling is a posture of submission. The opposite is a hardening of the heart, like the Hebrews did in their trek in the wilderness (Meribah and Massah).

 

Listen to God’s voice in Psalms 95:6-8.

 

6 Come, let us worship and bow down.
   Let us kneel before the Lord our maker,
7 for he is our God.
We are the people he watches over,
   the flock under his care.

If only you would listen to his voice today!
8 The Lord says, “Don’t harden your hearts as Israel did at Meribah,
   as they did at Massah in the wilderness.

 

Speak, praying to have a sheep-like obedience, listening to the voice of the shepherd who watches over us. 

 

Listen to the voice of the Spirit of God in this moment as He softens your heart. Melt.

 

April 10 (Palm Sunday) - Worship with the people of God.

 

April 11

 

Speak with a short prayer promising a life of integrity in what you do and what you look at.

 

Listen to God’s voice in Psalms 101:1-3a.

 

1 I will sing of your love and justice, Lord.
   I will praise you with songs.
2 I will be careful to live a blameless life—
   when will you come to help me?
I will lead a life of integrity
   in my own home.
3 I will refuse to look at
   anything vile and vulgar.

 

Speak, praying with a song about love and justice. You don’t have to literally sing, but you might try it. Or just try singing these 3 verses (do it where no one can hear!).

 

Listen to the Spirit of God in this moment as you promise Him to live a life of integrity in your own home, that is, where no outsiders see you.

 

April 12 

 

Speak with a short prayer praying for those crying “help” this morning.

 

Listen to God’s voice in Psalms 107:6,13,19,28. All four verses are the same.

 

6, 13, 19, 28 “Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble,
   and he rescued them from their distress.

 

Speak, praying for help for people around you (Family? Neighbors? Co-workers? Friends?) who may be in trouble. Then ask God how you might help them.

Listen to the Spirit of God in this moment as He gives you instructions on what to do. Final step, do it.

 

April 13 

 

Speak with a short prayer of thanks that Jesus is the ultimate and great priest who provided a sacrifice, once and for all, for us.

 

Listen to God’s voice in Psalms 110:4 that the author of Hebrews uses to explain that Jesus is greater even than Melchizedek, to whom Abraham gave an offering. To Hebrew readers this was a significant comparison.

 

4 The Lord has taken an oath and will not break his vow:
   “You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.”

 

Speak, praying for forgiveness before the great and high priest, Jesus. Unlike a human priest, he can forgive, not just mediate.
 

Listen to the Spirit of God in this moment as He assures you of forgiveness of any and all transgressions.