Father, thank you for your Son, Jesus, and for what he did for us. Thank you for this truth: “that Jesus Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By His wounds you have healed us, for we were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of our souls.” (1 Peter 2:24-25) O God, I pray that we would be a church devoted to Your Word, devoted to the Scriptures. As you say in Romans 10:17, “faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” I pray that as a church we would have a burning passion to read Your word, which you lovingly gave to us, so that we could know you and be in relationship with the God of the universe. I pray that as we move through this Lenten season, You would continually and mercifully humble us by the Cross of Christ. I pray we would be set free from the bondage of corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. I pray too that we would remember whose we are, Yours, and that there is no condemnation for us since we are in Christ. We proclaim individually and corporately that we love you Jesus, and we submit gladly our lives to you. Amen.
Challenge: Let’s be a church marked by our devotion to the Word of God through reading, studying, and memorizing. Since Jesus is not with us anymore in body, but with the Father, the way we hear from Him, know Him deeper, know His will for us, know what He said to us, is through the Word. Hear the words of Jesus now to you, “blessed are those who have not seen and yet believed.” (John 20:29) Every word of God proves true, and while the things of this world constantly change and fade away, we know that the word of our God will stand forever. It is a constant in this distracting world, so I challenge us all to be devoted to it.
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