Lent, Day 13

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Today’s morning and evening meditations are available below in audio and script formats. The audio version is also available for free download on the player.


Morning

Invitation

“Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does.” (Psalm 145:13)

Silence

(Spend few moments in silence and stillness).

Reading: Psalm 26

Vindicate me, Lord, for I have trusted in you.

Test me, Lord, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness.

I do not sit with the deceitful, nor do I associate with hypocrites.

I love the house where you live, the place where your glory dwells.

Do not take away my soul away. Do not take my life away with those who are bloodthirsty, in whose hands are wicked schemes, whose hands are full of bribes.

Deliver me and be merciful to me.

Prayer

• for governments, leaders, and the needs of our world

• for the continent of North America

• for areas of war and strife, that divisions and conflicts may cease


Evening

Reading: Romans 4:1-5

What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, discovered in this matter? If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about—but not before God. What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”

Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.

Silence

(Spend few moments in silence and stillness).

Dwelling

Read again, perhaps out loud. How have God’s words moved you? Ponder and meditate what has connected with your heart or mind. Pray to God what it is that has moved you today. Turn your thoughts to God and quietly enjoy being with him.

Prayer

God of boundless mercy, I come empty-handed, confessing the bankruptcy of my works and drawing on your infinite grace by faith. Thank you for the gift of righteousness in Jesus, who was made to be sin and a curse in my place, on the cross, making me right with you. In the Savior’s name, amen. (CD 2.2)

Blessing

“I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his words I put my hope.” (Psalm 130:5)

 

About Lent

Lent is a season of preparation and discipline, which begins on Ash Wednesday and concludes at sun-down on Holy Saturday.

During the forty weekdays and six Sundays in Lent, the church remembers the sacrificial life and ministry of Jesus leading to the cross and renews its commitment to Christian discipleship.

Abbreviations

BC Belgic Confession

CD Canons of Dort

HC Heidelberg Catechism

WC Westminster Confession

WLC Westminster Larger Catechism

WSC Westminster Shorter Catechism