Gospels in 40 Days – March 10
Welcome to our study of the gospels during the Lenten season. Lent is the Christian tradition of preparing for the resurrection of Jesus by taking intentional steps to grow closer to God during the 40 days before Easter. The tradition mirrors Jesus going into the wilderness to fast and pray for 40 days, where he was tempted by Satan but was able to resist, strengthen, and grow his ministry for the days ahead (Matthew 4). Typical Lenten observances include fasting, repentance, moderation, self-denial, and spiritual discipline.
To join the study, pick a reading plan to follow, journal on the day’s reading using the SOAP method of Bible study (see “What’s SOAP?” on our website for details), and check in for daily posts from our study leaders. We hope you will join us this season, intentionally stepping toward God!
Matthew was a tax collector before he knew Jesus, but once he got the call, he left it all to follow Jesus as one of the twelve apostles. Matthew was raised in the Jewish tradition and knew scripture well. His gospel is placed perfectly at the beginning of the New Testament to connect the Old to the New. He often references Old Testament scriptures that are fulfilled in Jesus, and his gospel’s purpose is to show that Jesus is the Messiah they’ve been waiting for.
Clicking on the following links will take you to the Bible Gateway website where you can read the NIV version of today’s reading:
ALL OF IT: Matthew 7-9,
MOST OF IT: Matthew 8:14-27, or
HIGHLIGHT REEL: Matthew 6:7-14
What do your prayers reflect in your life?
Therefore Ask | Dyea Rowland
Matthew 6:8 – “Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.”
Reflecting over the full four chapters (6-8), there were a lot of do’s and don’ts and good examples of “how we ought to’s” in our living. The overall take aways were to “ask” (6:8, 7:7). God is so good to us; He knows what we need before we even ask, but He still wants us to ask. Which leads me into another yet very important take away, and that is our prayer life. It is truly a reflection of our relationship with Him.
What a great way to put my own prayer life into perspective. When I come to You, whether I am just in Your presence or praying to You, it does reflect where I stand in relationship with You. You know I tend to pull away from You when things are heavy — yet, I see myself running to You when things are great and happy. Through it all, You know I trust You, but I’m working on that part of “asking” and “seeking” You, in and during the tough patches.
Father, my prayer life reflects a lot of things about me. I tend to be a faithful and trusting servant when things are good and a lacking one when things are not. Help me to remember to run and draw closer to You in the tough times, not only during the happy and easy times. In Jesus’ name…Amen.
The Discover One Thing main website follows a reading plan that goes through the entire Bible in one year. Click HERE to check out today’s Discover One Thing post.