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Monday of the Second Week in Lent

There is some way in which we get introduced to Jesus. For many of us, it could have been parents or grandparents who brought us to Him. Or perhaps it was a friend who told you about the impact of Jesus on their life and invited you to worship. Maybe your introduction was through a radio station, Gideon Bible, or a barber.
For the people in the Samaritan village, it was the woman who had been at the water well, going about her business, when she first encountered Jesus. She then ran to tell the rest of the villagers, who had to come and see Him for themselves. These villagers put their trust in Jesus after they heard Him for themselves. It was His words that changed them, and made them confess that Jesus must be the Savior of the world. Jesus came to the Samaritans, the people who were cast out of Jewish society, and shared the truth of God’s mercy and forgiveness.

When I was younger, my parents shared Jesus with me and took me to Sunday school and worship each week. But it was at summer Bible camp that I encountered Jesus personally through his Word in Romans 3:23. It was my camp counselor, Kimba, who asked us to read Romans 3 while we were in our cabins for quiet time. It was there that Jesus made Himself known through His word that all people sin — even me — and that Christ’s salvation and forgiveness is for each person, even me. I realized Jesus was the only way, that His truth was for me, and that life came only from Him. His Word changed the direction of my life.

May Jesus does the same for you, changing you through His word to save you. It is Jesus who shares His truth with you through any means possible.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank You for the means by which You have introduced us to Jesus. We praise You that Your Word of salvation, mercy, forgiveness, and truth have come to us through our encounters with Jesus, Your living Word. Aid us in growing closer to You through Your Word, in Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Devotion written by The Rev. Shelly D. Schultz

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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