March 2, 2017
Father, we have entered the season of Lent. Too many times I’ve looked at what I release, sustain from or take out of my life during this season as something temporary. Something that I can easily slide back into my life when Lenten season is over.
Father, in your word, when forty days, forty months or forty years of something was complete, there was a permanent change that take place for the rest of someone’s life or for the life of the world.
After 40 days of rain, Noah found that the world’s topography had changed. The way the lands and seas were laid out before the flood in Genesis was gone. New land and sea maps had taken its place. The change was permanent.
When Moses went to Mt. Sinai for 40 days and 40 nights, he received the Ten Commandments, which changed his relationship with God and the people, and changed God’s relationship with the people. The change was permanent.
When Jesus went on the Mount of Temptation, he was there for 40 days and 40 nights. He went up freshly baptized but came down a victorious Messiah, prepared to save his people. The change was permanent.
Father, help me take this time seriously. Let me take this time to truly assess my relationship with you. Let me take this time to build a stronger relationship with you and with myself in you. When these 40 days are over, 46 if you count Sundays, let me look in the mirror and say, “the change is permanent.”
In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Genesis 8:6 – 12
Exodus 34:28 – 32
Romans 12:2 (AMP)
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