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Tuesday of the Fifth Week in Lent

God’s grace is something we can never take for granted. Today’s passages remind us of God’s continued faithfulness to His people, even amid trials and tribulations. God’s mercy and grace are unceasing, and He desires only our good. We can always rely on His promises, no matter what hardships come our way.In the book of Jeremiah, we read time and time again of the Lord’s warnings of judgment against those who refuse to turn from their wicked ways. In this case, Jeremiah warns the nations of their own wickedness, as well as God’s own people who have constantly rejected Him—and we read that God’s judgment is severe! But even in the midst of His wrath, He still desires that all humanity would turn to Him. His mercy is greater than His justice, and He desires to bring salvation to all. Fast forward 700 years, and God’s people have once again conspired with the ungodly nations and rejected Him by sending His own Son to death on the cross on their behalf.
In Jesus, we find the ultimate example of God’s grace. Through His life and death, He showed us the power of sacrificial love and unconditional forgiveness. As we reflect on what Jesus has done for us, we can find great inspiration and motivation to press on in our faith.
Jesus’ sacrifice is the ultimate example of God’s mercy. By laying down His own life, Jesus offered us a path from our sin and into restored life with Him. Through Jesus, we are able to receive God’s grace despite our imperfection and shortcomings. We can be filled with hope and joy, knowing that Jesus has covered our sins and given us a new life.
Let us never forget the power and beauty of what Jesus has done for us. He has taken away our sin and given us a new life in Him. Even in our inability to be faithful to Him, He is always calling and inviting His people back to Himself, showing us what true grace and faithfulness look like.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we come before You humbly and earnestly seeking Your mercy and grace. We thank You for Your unfailing love and abundant provision. We acknowledge that we are not worthy of Your blessings, yet You are faithful to give them to us. We ask You to look upon us with Your compassion and kindness, as You did when You spoke to Your people through the prophet Jeremiah. You promised Your people that although Your judgment was at hand, You would not abandon them and that You would restore them to a place of honor and glory. We ask You to show us Your mercy and grace in the same way. We ask that You would forgive our sins and heal our brokenness. We look to You for strength and courage as we walk through the difficult times of life. We thank You for giving us new hope in You. We ask You to pour out Your grace and mercy on us and on all people. We pray these things in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

Devotion written by the Rev. Dcn. Andrew S. Ames Fuller

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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