It turns out that this year, excluding Sundays, there are exactly 40 days between New Year's Day and Ash Wednesday (the beginning of Lent). During this time, we will be reading through all four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). We'll also be reading Isaiah, Hosea, Micah, Haggai, Acts, and Ephesians. Sundays are not meant to be days that we are not in the Word, but rather a day each week set aside to discuss the week's reading in community, prepare for the next week's reading (Bret's providing some historical background information for each book -- especially helpful for some of those prophets!), and to catch up on any reading you may have fallen behind on. And of course, all of these activities have been and will be bathed in prayer.
I was really encouraged last Sunday, when in our worship gathering, it seemed that not only had everyone completed the first two readings, but they were all really excited about it. Nearly everyone had something to share about some part of God's Word that had really spoken to them in the last two days. Awesome.
So we read the first half of Matthew on Days 1 and 2, and this week we've tackled Isaiah. Reading through Isaiah is definitely a different animal than reading through Matthew! I pray that this 40 Days of Prayer and Scripture continues to be a blessing to myself and those who have embarked upon this challenge, as well as all of those that we encounter in our daily lives.
If you would like to join us, click here for a schedule!