Joel 2:12-13 (NLT)
A Call to Repentance
That is why the Lord says,
“Turn to me now, while there is time.
Give me your hearts.
Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning.
Don’t tear your clothing in your grief,
but tear your hearts instead.”
Return to the Lord your God,
for he is merciful and compassionate,
slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.
He is eager to relent and not punish.
Lenten Reflection: If we humbly and honestly look at our lives, we know we are in desperate need of the mercy and compassion of God. So, if we are wise, we will constantly put our lives before God and confess our need for the work of transforming grace. In Hebrew, the heart is the center of thought, faith, and will; the core of one’s being. God is not just interested in our external signs of repentance; he is looking for a change in our attitudes, growth in our faith, and obedience to his will.
Prayer: Lord, over the next 40 Days help me to read your Word, meditate on it, invite the Spirit to reveal Truth as it relates to my life, and draw me closer to you. Help me fast from the things that are hindering my walk with you. Your presence is worth the sacrifice of my will. In Jesus’ name. Amen.