Today marks 40 days prior to Resurrection Sunday. Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness in preparation for His ministry. I found this little book for Lent:
It begins with the scripture Luke 2:49b when Jesus told his parents:
“Didn’t you know that it was necessary for me to be in my Father’s house?”
Jesus chose total obedience to God’s will, even though this choice brought persecution, heartache, and trials. Praise God He did not give up, feel defeated, or lament about what people thought of his obedient actions. “It was necessary!” His obedience brought salvation to humanity!
Isaiah 26:3 promises that
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Just as Jesus was purposeful about obedience, we, too, must actively pursue the will of God through our actions. It will not fall from the sky and rest upon you–you must take action.
So what will you concentrate on this Lent season–the 40 days in your wilderness? What will God resurrect and bring to life in you? God challenges us to look deeper than fasting from chocolate.
Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting!
During this time, focus on His love for you, His grace, and the amazing grace we can experience from His shed blood on the cross! He washes us whiter than snow!
Jesus modeled for us the importance of prayer and talking to the Father
Lord, I pray for a fresh encounter from you. Search my heart and know my thoughts. Help me to live “on purpose” for you. Help me to forgive and not hold grudges, and to not be easily offended. Give me the peace that you promise as I fix my eyes, heart, and mind on you. May each negative or anxious thought be replaced with Your Glorious Word and promises.