Lenten Reflections

The Lenten Season begins today – Ash Wednesday – February 14, 2018. This season is all about strengthening and growing in our relationship with Jesus. That is the reason for repentance, fasting, prayer meditating and studying scripture; it is so that we can get to know Christ better.   As a church  for the next 40 days, we are focusing on our prayer life. We are using The 40 Days of Prayer  developed by Pastor Rick Warren. Of course, he has no magic formula, but has laid out 40  scriptures from God’s Word for us to read, meditate and reflect upon each day during our prayer time.

These scriptures will be a blessing to you, if you read them each day, and try to memorize them.  Memorizing scripture is one of the most powerful ways to transform your spiritual life.

Here’s how the 40 days of Prayer will work:

  1. Each day, a scripture memory verse will be (listed below).  A reminder will be in the bulletin each Sunday during Lent.
  2. Sermons will be based upon and centered around spiritual growth & strengthening our prayer lives.
  3. Wednesday evening discussions on prayer and growing up in our relationship with the Lord during our Soup Suppers from 6:30 til 8:00 pm. These group discussions will build upon the Sunday Sermon.
Week Six (Mar 27th to Mar 31st)-How to Pray In A CrisisMessengers came and told Jehosphaphat, “A vast army from Edom is marching against you from beyond the Dead Sea.  They are already (about two days away)…Jehosphaphat was terrified by this news. 2 Chronicles 20:2-3



Scripture Verses for 40 days of Prayer – To get the most out of this, you will need to sit down with your Bible – look up each one of the scriptures and give yourself time to commune with God. This reading only one scripture each day for forty days – focusing on the theme for that week.  Here are some general guidelines:

Guidelines: As you read each scripture – ask yourself three questions

  1. What did you hear? What did God say to you as you read today’s Bible passage? What word or phrase was most meaningful to you.
  2. What do you think? What does the passage mean to you? How does it apply to your life?
  3. What is your prayer? This is where you turn your thoughts into prayer. It could be a prayer of gratitude or praise.  It could be a prayer of confession or a request for God’s help. It’s up to you. So, take a minute and write a prayer of response to God.