God’s Word Goes Forth: Come to the Lord in Prayer
Matthew 4:1-11: As we begin the Lenten season, we read about Jesus’ temptation. The Spirit leads Jesus into the desert to be tempted by the Devil. After forty days and nights without food, the Devil challenges Jesus to prove that he is the Son of God and tempts him to betray God. Jesus rebukes the Devil and is cared for by the angels.
Today's Scripture: Matthew 4:4
“…Human beings cannot live on bread alone, but need every word that God speaks.”
1 Then the Spirit led Jesus into the desert to be tempted by the Devil. 2 After spending forty days and nights without food, Jesus was hungry. 3 Then the Devil came to him and said, “If you are God's Son, order these stones to turn into bread.” 4 But Jesus answered, “The scripture says, “Human beings cannot live on bread alone, but need every word that God speaks.” ” 5 Then the Devil took Jesus to Jerusalem, the Holy City, set him on the highest point of the Temple, 6 and said to him, “If you are God's Son, throw yourself down, for the scripture says, ‘God will give orders to his angels about you; they will hold you up with their hands, so that not even your feet will be hurt on the stones.’” 7 Jesus answered, “But the scripture also says, “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.” ” 8 Then the Devil took Jesus to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in all their greatness. 9 “All this I will give you,” the Devil said, “if you kneel down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus answered, “Go away, Satan! The scripture says, “Worship the Lord your God and serve only him!” ” 11 Then the Devil left Jesus; and angels came and helped him.
The Christian season of Lent recalls Jesus’ forty days in the wilderness with practices of abstinence and penance, including prayer and fasting. What connections do you see between your understanding of Lent and Jesus’ time in the wilderness? How can the Holy Spirit guide your Lenten journey?
Holy Spirit, guide me as I enter into the season of Lent. Open my heart to your presence and help me to stand strong against the temptation of the devil. Cleanse me and purify me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Those who are fasting