40 Days Weekly Devotions

Devotional Series

40 Days, 5-10


| Feb 22, 2021

40 Days, 5-10

Daily Prayers

DAY 10 - FEBRUARY 27

DAY 10 - FEBRUARY 27

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DAY 9 - FEBRUARY 26

DAY 9 - FEBRUARY 26

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DAY 8 - FEBRUARY 25

DAY 8 - FEBRUARY 25

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Day 7 - FEBRUARY 24

Day 7 - FEBRUARY 24

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DAY 6 - FEBRUARY 23

DAY 6 - FEBRUARY 23

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Day 5 - FEBRUARY 22

Day 5 - FEBRUARY 22

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PRAYER – Talking and listening to God. Prayers are offered in faith, in the name of Jesus, through the power of the Holy Spirit. Silent or spoken words are optional as God knows the thoughts and searches the heart of the seeker, receives praise and thanksgiving, confession and supplication, and extends mercy and grace with patient and unfailing love.


JOURNALING
– Recording the works and presence of God in one’s life; a written account of a personal relationship with Jesus, including one or more of the following: recognition of the presence of God in daily life, prayers, questions for or about God, revelations through God’s voice or Scripture, inner desires and fears, confessions, and celebration

Prayer, in simplest terms, is a conversation between you and God. But prayer isn’t a peer-to-peer conversation. Prayer is a privilege we gained not by our own merit, but by the events we acknowledge during the season of Lent. In a very brief, incomplete summary, Jesus left heaven to come to earth in human form, experienced the pain and consequences of sin even though he himself was blameless, suffered beatings, and then died a brutal death where he, because of our sin, was separated from the Father and was buried in a tomb. All the while, people—including friends—were saying he was a fake, calling him a liar, and betraying him to save their reputations. The events that had to occur in order for us to be able to approach the throne of God Almighty with confidence and righteousness should drive us to our knees daily.

Because of what Jesus did on our behalf, we have direct access to God. Unencumbered by rules to obey, hoops to jump through, formalities or formulas, our presence before our Heavenly Father is always welcome. We don’t have to clean ourselves up, dress in our Sunday best; we don’t have to wait for a designated time, face a certain direction, or go to a special place. We don’t even have to close our eyes! Jesus tells us God doesn’t look at the outside, but he looks at our hearts. He knows when they are broken, beating for injustice, pounding in delight, and open to change. He looks behind the veneer, beyond our false front, and into our very soul. Because of his supernatural ability to know us, we can pray without uttering a word. God hears us when we cry out, when we whisper, and when we are silent before him.

But how do we know he hears us? Besides the many Scripture verses that tell us, we can use the practice of journaling. A written record of your relationship with Jesus is a tangible way to see his presence in your life. Just as with prayer, journals don’t have to be formal or adhere to a format. Your journal should reflect your personality and express your unique journey. Track your prayers, transcribe meaningful Bible verses, capture thoughts and revelations you receive in your prayer time. Journal the way you pray, with honesty and vulnerability, having faith it is important, and expecting God to meet you there.

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 PRAYER: Prayer is so simple, yet so powerful, and it’s often overlooked in our busy daily lives. As you journey through this week’s daily prayers and Scriptures, set aside time to be still, be quiet, eliminate distractions, and pray. Consider praying a different way than you’re used to, such as on your way to work, aloud while you’re at home, or with someone else. Allow yourself to freely share your heart and mind with God and listen for his voice in response.

PRACTICE JOURNALING: It may come as a surprise that journaling is a spiritual discipline, but it’s a wonderful way to document your walk with Jesus, explore Scripture, and help you connect to God differently. This week, build a few moments into your day to journal. You can journal on your phone throughout the day, set aside a notebook for that purpose, or create a document on your computer to house your thoughts. As you come to this time each day, don’t worry about being perfect; just allow yourself to write about whatever is on your heart.