Lent is the 40-day period before Easter, and it is “a time for reflection, repentance, and renewal when Christians are invited to prepare themselves for the celebration of the Lord’s resurrection.” This Lent, we are doing a 40-day study from the American Bible Society to focus our time in God’s Word and prayer on His renewing power (click HERE for the reading plan). Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
|Lord God, by your Word fill me with a spirit of repentance and forgiveness…
5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
9 “This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
Perpetual Forgiveness | Becky Newman
Matthew 6:12, 14-15
Today’s reading is the part of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount where he teaches us how we should pray to God. We should pray to Him intimately, like He’s our Dad and knows everything about us, because He does. He knows our debts/trespasses against Him often before we have it figured out (flashback to King David yesterday). Echoed throughout Scripture, it’s not just about the relationship between man and God but also how we use what we learn in our relationship with God to love others as He loves us. In the case of verses 12 and 14-15, it’s about forgiving others as He has forgiven us.
It is through reading Your Word and intimate prayer that I allow the Holy Spirit to transform me, get to know You more, and imitate You more. You want me to imitate You in forgiveness; in this way, I can understand Your grace more. I don’t deserve Your forgiveness, nor could I ever earn it, but You perpetually love me and forgive me anyway. When I forgive in the same way, I become more grateful for what You’ve done for me, and I better understand what it means to love others like You love me.
Lord God, by Your Word fill me with a spirit of repentance and perpetual forgiveness. May I forgive others as You have forgiven me. As I imitate You, transform me into more of You and less of me.
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