lENT 2022 bIBLE rEADING PLAN

 

Week 7

 

April 14 (Maundy Thursday)

 

Speak with a short prayer of gratitude for Jesus as the cornerstone who on Thursday ate his final supper with his disciples, instituting the sacrament of communion.

 

Listen to God’s voice in Psalms 118:22-23 which Jesus quoted in Matthew 21. He is the cornerstone.

 

22 The stone that the builders rejected
   has now become the cornerstone.
23 This is the Lord’s doing,
   and it is wonderful to see.

 

Speak, praying for respect for this cornerstone that, as Jesus said, will break anyone who stumbles over it and crush anyone upon whom it falls. Respect the stone. (Matthew 21:44)

 

Listen to the Spirit of God in this moment as you realize both the gift and the danger of having encountered the Christ who gave himself for you.

 

April 15 (Good Friday)

 

Speak with a short prayer of somber remembrance that “the one who watches over you” lived among us, was betrayed by us, and became our substitute in a protracted agonizing death.

 

Listen to God’s voice in Psalms 121:3, 4. This was the Psalm we taught our children to say when they were worried at bedtime. 

 

3 He will not let you stumble;
   the one who watches over you will not slumber.
4 Indeed, he who watches over Israel
   never slumbers or sleeps.

 

Speak, with gratitude for the gift given us on Good Friday from which we will benefit for all eternity.

 

Listen to the Spirit of God in this moment as He gives you tears of sorrow, tears of relief.

 

April 16 (Holy Saturday)

 

Speak with a short prayer on this day of “hush” as we remember the day Jesus’ body lay in the tomb. Expectantly lay.

 

Listen to God’s voice in Psalms 136:23-26, themes of which Mary builds into her song (the Magnificat in Luke 1) after conceiving Jesus.

 

23 He remembered us in our weakness.
His faithful love endures forever.
24 He saved us from our enemies.
His faithful love endures forever.
25 He gives food to every living thing.
His faithful love endures forever.
26 Give thanks to the God of heaven.
His faithful love endures forever.

 

Speak, praying for assurance of “His faithful love” regardless of life’s circumstances. Recall Mary, young and pregnant, yet confident of “His faithful love.” Recall that cold body in the tomb, yet “His faithful love” was working a forever miracle for all of creation. Be sure of this.

 

Listen to the Spirit of God in this moment as He fills you with expectancy over the miracle which “His faithful love” will reveal in tomorrow’s sunrise. 

 

April 17 (EASTER!) - Worship with the people of God.

 

Speak with a long prayer celebrating this high and holy day of great victory! Today is the day we remember that death has been defeated! Today he arose from the cold damp tomb! Soon he is returning for us! Death no longer terrifies us! Christ is risen!

 

Listen to God’s voice in Psalms 150.

 

1 Praise the Lord!

Praise God in his sanctuary;
   praise him in his mighty heaven!
2 Praise him for his mighty works;
   praise his unequaled greatness!
3 Praise him with a blast of the ram’s horn;
   praise him with the lyre and harp!
4 Praise him with the tambourine and dancing;
   praise him with strings and flutes!
5 Praise him with a clash of cymbals;
   praise him with loud clanging cymbals.
6 Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord!

 

Speak, Shout, & Sing Hallelujah praying that this glorious victorious message may resound throughout the earth in ways to which millions and millions may respond! Use exclamation marks!

Listen to the Spirit of God in this moment as He fills you with so much joy it overflows in ram’s horns blasting, feet dancing, cymbals clashing and our very breath singing praises to the Lord!