Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 3-29-19

March 29, 2019

Psalm 32:6-11

Today is the twenty-first day of our 40-Day Lenten Series, “Praying for a Kingdom Heart.”  Lent should be a time of prayerful reflection, repentance, and restoration as we draw closer to the heart of God. Sincere prayer acknowledges the holiness of God and the Grace he desires to spill over our lives as his children; he only wants good things for us.  God loves and treasures his children and this will never change; his love is not based on our performance.  Honestly, the Grace extended to Jesus is the same Grace offered to each one of us. “God saved you by his grace when you believed.  And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God” (Eph.2:8).  I once heard Grace used as an acronym:  God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.  Christ was sinless, but we are not.  As prodigals, God’s Grace calls us to repentance and welcomes us with open arms. “So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God.  There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most” (Heb 4:16). God is Grace so instead of running from him, we should be running to him with every aspect of our lives.  Do you pray knowing extravagant Grace and Love are waiting to be offered to you?

During Lent, we will be using the acronym P.R.A.Y. as we pray for a Kingdom Heart.  P=praise, R=repent, A=ask, and Y=yield.  May God bless you as you spend time in God’s Word and in prayer today.

Psalm 32:6-11 The Joy of Forgiveness, Cont.


We worship you, Lord,

    and we should always pray

whenever we find out

    that we have sinned.

    Then we won’t be swept away

    by a raging flood.

You are my hiding place!

    You protect me from trouble,

and you put songs in my heart

    because you have saved me.

You said to me,

“I will point out the road

    that you should follow.

I will be your teacher

    and watch over you.

Don’t be stupid

    like horses and mules

    that must be led with ropes

    to make them obey.”


All kinds of troubles

    will strike the wicked,

    but your kindness shields those

    who trust you, Lord.


And so your good people

    should celebrate and shout.

Prayer:  Lord, I praise you for your extravagant Grace; it is always sufficient for my needs.  I repent for being slow to ask for Grace in my own life.  I pray for others all the time, but I need your extravagant Grace in my life, too.  I ask for you to overwhelm me with your Grace, today.  Help me yield and obey your will for my life. In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

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