40 Days Weekly Devotions

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40 Days, 11-16


| Mar 1, 2021

40 Days, 11-16

Daily Prayers

DAY 16 - MARCH 6

DAY 16 - MARCH 6

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DAY 15 - MARCH 5

DAY 15 - MARCH 5

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DAY 14 - MARCH 4

DAY 14 - MARCH 4

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DAY 13 - MARCH 3

DAY 13 - MARCH 3

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DAY 12 - MARCH 2

DAY 12 - MARCH 2

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DAY 11 - MARCH 1

DAY 11 - MARCH 1

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WORSHIP – ˈwər-shəp / Greek: προσκυνεῖν (proskynein): The most common translation of worship in the New Testament: by kneeling or prostration to do homage (to one) or make homage, whether in order to express respect or to make supplication. Expressing in posture, words, music, and silent adoration the greatness, beauty, and goodness of God. Transcendent manifestation of devotion and submission to a living God, from a position of humility and awe.


CONFESSION –
kənˈfeSHən / Greek: Ἐξομολογεῖσθε (exomologisthe): To consent fully, agree out and out, admit, to unburden one's sins or the state of one's conscience to God. Sharing our deepest frailties and failures with God, so we may enter into God’s grace and mercy and receive forgiveness and healing. 

Jesus tells us—in his encounter commonly referred to as “The Woman at the Well”—we are to worship God in spirit and in truth. But what does that mean, and how do we do it? Sometimes spirit is translated with an uppercase “S” which refers to the Holy Spirit who is given to us to reveal truth. However, sometimes it is translated with a lowercase “s”—the idea of our heart, soul, mind, and strength, which is how we are commanded to love the Lord. 

Regardless of the translation, the word most often used in the New Testament tells us that worship is a posture before God as much as it is a declaration to God. We are to worship with our hearts and bodies bowed in reverence to his holiness, otherness, and sovereignty. Worship begins with recognizing our position in relation to God’s. We are not equals, but we are loved as children. We are not peers, even though we are friends of God. We are not holy, yet we have been declared righteous because of what Jesus did for us. God was, is, and will always be, solely worthy of worship. 

How do we worship in truth? We are to worship God for who he is, not who we want him to be. Our worship should be guided by the truth of the Gospel, the Word of God, and what he tells us about himself. We are loved, forgiven, made right before God through grace alone, and we should worship him for all of those things and more. But we are also sinners and called to take up our cross, to endure suffering in the Lord, to be humble, and to live a life worthy of the calling of our faith. Whether we worship with song or silence, it is to be from a posture of reverence and echo words of truth from the very Word of God.

Confession plays a big part in this posture. Understanding that all we bring to the throne of God is our own sin, we need to confess it … admit weaknesses, failures, shortcomings, habits, addictions, and hang-ups. We need to own up to our unique humanness and confess and repent, vow to change our mind and direction, humble ourselves before the Lord for our worship to be received as authentic. True worship is offered from a heart turned toward God, a mind guided by the Spirit of truth, a soul submitted to the holiness of the Lord, and the strength made possible through faith. 
As you read each prayer and Scripture, you have the opportunity to practice the spiritual discipline mentioned and explore how it enriches your relationship with God.

PRACTICE WORSHIP: We often associate worship with music, but there are many ways we can worship as Christ-followers. This week, as you learn more about worship through the daily prayers and Scriptures, make time to worship God in a new way each day. This can be through listening to or producing music, writing, silent or spoken prayer, or even just taking time to appreciate the beauty of creation.

PRACTICE CONFESSION: Confession can seem daunting, especially when we’re still learning what it is and how we can practice it. However, confession is simply sharing our “deepest frailties and failures with God” so we can experience his grace, mercy, and forgiveness. As you continue to walk through this week’s Scriptures and prayers, carve out a moment each day to practice confession. You may want to begin your day in this humble posture, you may take a quiet moment throughout the day, or you may choose to end your day sharing your heart with God. 

 

WATCH:

"Have Mercy on Me, O Lord" message

LISTEN:

Listen to the album, You're Still Moving

READ/EXPLORE:

Read and reflect on the lyrics to "All I Can Do Is Praise"

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