40 Days of Lent–Reflections #4, A Series

On February 23, 2020, I invited all to join me for a “40 Days of Lent, 6-Week Daily Event”of fasting, prayer with a prayer journal reflection prompt beginning on Ash Wednesday on The Prayer Journals’ Facebook page.

Each day as I reflected on the daily Bible verse and prayer, journal reflection prompt, I asked the following questions:

“When I pray, am I prepared to be intensely focused on God’s point of view?” (Ephesians 5:16-17)

“Am I prepared for I prepared for God to perform with me everything in which He separated me?” (James 1:5)

“After He has done his work with me, am I prepared to separate myself from God just as Jesus did?” (Revelations 1:8)

“Have I made myself one with Jesus so that what controls Christ controls me too?” (Hebrews 4:11-13)

“Am I prepared for what this will cost me?” (Hebrews 4:14-16)

“Am I prepared to set myself apart from the Holy Spirit’s work in me?” (2 Corinthians 5:18-19)

40 DAYS OF LENT

Hosanna!

As I come to this day, Palm Sunday, I realize more than before the beginning of Lent that my faith is real, but it is not permanent. God has been pointing out to me that I am only interested in His blessings instead of God Himself. If I am to be prepared for God for what He wants of me, then I must water the seeds of the last 40 days reflections to cultivate a permanent faith. Until I have and know Jesus Christ truly as my Lord, my goals are my own and not the fruit of His evident blessings. His providential care is not only for me, but for those with whom He places with me – instructing me to share and grow in the light of His mercy and grace.

The Exchange

“Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord, the King of Israel!”

Now, as Holy Week begins waving palm branches, I see the King of Peace. I will pray following in the steps of Jesus Christ to His crucifixion – carrying the cross. May I fully understand Christ’s anguish in the Garden of Gethsemane?  May I fully feel the lashes and scourging of Christ’s body, my sins that drew blood and agonizing pain that he endured all for my behalf? May I experience the weight of the cross so I may continue to grow a permanent faith made real in the death of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ? God sacrificed His only Son so I would not have to feel the weight of my sin, but life everlasting through a ‘permanent’ faith in Him.

Do I see God at work in my circumstances?

“… The Lord is near. Never worry about anything. But in every situation let God know what you need in prayers and requests while giving thanks. Then God’s peace, which goes beyond anything we can imagine, will guard your thoughts and emotions through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:5-7 GW

Getting to know God

I have been writing in a journal since I was a young girl. In the last ten years I have kept a prayer journal to draw closer to God. Are you waiting for answers? Draw closer to God.

I hope you will join me daily on The Prayer Journals Facebook page as we enter Holy Week  with the Celebration of Easter next Sunday. May I also ask that you share this blog post on your Facebook page and other social media, as well as, the daily Prayer Journals Facebook posts?

I appreciate your participation and value your prayers.

I am praying for you!

The Prayer Journals Facebook page provides prayer journal prompts and inspiration. Please join me there or on Twitter @prayerprompts. If you have a specific prayer request, please email me in confidence at theprayerjournals.com@gmail.com.

God’s Blessings to You,

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Sheri

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