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Wednesday of the Third Week in Lent

Because of Christ, we are at peace with God and peace with one another. Although the sharing of the peace in our Sunday worship can seem at times to be more of a “Holy Howdy”, the intent is to share with each other the same simple blessing Jesus gave His disciples the night of His resurrection; “Peace be with you.” (John 20:19) 
Nothing can replace the simple blessing, “the peace of the Lord be with you.”

St. Paul affirms this blessed promise in today’s passage. We are at peace with God through Jesus Christ. This is not an idle condition, like a ‘get out of jail free’ card to be securely locked away until needed. Paul remarks that we will have daily struggles in this present life because of our faith in this promise. As one church father said, “Tribulations are, for those well prepared, like certain foods and exercises for athletes which lead the contestant on to the hereditary glory.”

Paul writes in Romans 3:11, “None is righteous, no, not one.” God knows there are only sinners in this world. You and I are in this group. We have no right or ability to approach an all righteous and holy God, but Paul lays out the good news — “But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” 

God looked at you and I and saw sinners. But, by His grace and good pleasure, He reconciled the division between Him and us with the blood of His Son. Because of this tremendous sacrifice we are at peace with God and can share this simple but powerful blessing, “the peace of the Lord be with you.”

Nothing more powerful can be announced than having no sin, failings, nor temptations come between God and we, His people. They are all washed away with the blood of Jesus.

Prayer: Gracious Lord, because of your Son I can come before You and call You “Father.” I pray for You to strengthen Your gift of faith and trust in the promise of reconciliation Your Son. It is only by Your gift of faith through grace that peace has been established between us. Help me see and live in this peace. Through Your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Devotion written by The Rev. Marvin Combs

This daily prayer and Bible reading guide, Devoted to Prayer (based on Acts 2:42), was conceived and prepared by the Rev. Andrew S. Ames Fuller, director of communications for the North American Lutheran Church (NALC). After several challenging years in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been provided with a unique opportunity to revitalize the ancient practice of daily prayer and Scripture reading in our homes. While the Reading the Word of God three-year lectionary provided a much-needed and refreshing calendar for our congregations to engage in Scripture reading, this calendar includes a missing component of daily devotion: prayer. This guide is to provide the average layperson and pastor with the simple tools for sorting through the busyness of their lives and reclaiming an act of daily discipleship with their Lord. The daily readings follow the Lutheran Book of Worship two-year daily lectionary, which reflect the church calendar closely. The commemorations are adapted from Philip H. Pfatteicher’s New Book of Festivals and Commemorations, a proposed common calendar of the saints that builds from the Lutheran Book of Worship, but includes saints from many of those churches in ecumenical conversation with the NALC. The introductory portion is adapted from Christ Church (Plano)’s Pray Daily. Our hope is that this calendar and guide will provide new life for congregations learning and re-learning to pray in the midst of a difficult and changing world.

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