Open the Grace {Day Thirty-One} 40 Gifts for 40 Days

Today’s Gift of Grace // Like a Child

Open the Grace {Day Thirty-One} 40 Gifts for 40 Days

One day some parents brought their little children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But when the disciples saw this, they scolded the parents for bothering him.

Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” Luke 18:15-17

May we be like those, who in desperation, brought their babies…

Pressing past all fear & doubt…

With child-like faith & hopeful expectation…

Wild abandon & full-hearted trust…

Our souls long to be near You, in the safety of Your loving arms—

You welcome us.

You make our hearts—Your home.

Open the Grace {Day Thirty} 40 Gifts for 40 Days

Today’s Gift of Grace is Hope

Open the Grace {Day Thirty} 40 Gifts for 40 Days

“Later, Jesus addressed this again with his apostles, saying, “The time is coming when a great passion will be awakened within you to see me again.

Yes, you will long to see the beginning of the days of the Son of Man, but you won’t be able to find me.

You will hear reports from some who will say, ‘Look, he has returned,’ ‘He’s over here,’ or, ‘He’s over there!’

Don’t believe it or run after them, for their claims will be false.

The day of the Son of Man will burst forth with the brightness of a lightning strike that shines from one end of the sky to the other, illuminating the earth.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭17:22-24‬ ‭TPT‬‬

All who are obsessed with being secure in life will lose it all—including their lives. But those who let go of their lives and surrender them to me will discover true life.

Luke‬ ‭17:33‬ ‭TPT‬‬

The fact that our heart yearns for something Earth can’t supply is proof that Heaven must be our home.

C. S. Lewis

Lord, remind us today where our Hope lies—

In You alone.

In this season, we celebrate Your resurrection, we await Your second coming—

We align our hearts with Heaven—our true & forever home.

Open the Grace {Day Twenty-Nine} 40 Gifts for 40 Days

Today’s Gift of Grace is Faith.

Open the Grace {Day Twenty-Nine} 40 Gifts for 40 Days

“It happened that as he made his way toward Jerusalem, he crossed over the border between Samaria and Galilee.

As he entered a village, ten men, all lepers, met him.

They kept their distance but raised their voices, calling out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”

Taking a good look at them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” They went, and while still on their way, became clean.

One of them, when he realized that he was healed, turned around and came back, shouting his gratitude, glorifying God.

He kneeled at Jesus’ feet, so grateful. He couldn’t thank him enough—and he was a Samaritan.

Jesus said, “Were not ten healed? Where are the nine? Can none be found to come back and give glory to God except this outsider?”

Then he said to him, “Get up. On your way. Your faith has healed and saved you.””
‭‭Luke‬ ‭17:11-19‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Healing Oil // Kim Walker-Smith

Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives the impossible.

Corrie Ten Boom

Lord, we draw near to You in faith,

Lifting up our loved ones,

Our homes,

Our families—

We ask for Your healing oil,

Poured out over every situation,

Every need.

We trust You fully & completely,

Believing Your words,

Your promises,

& Your character.

We kneel at Your feet in gratitude,

For everything You’ve done,

& all that You are doing on our behalf.

Yes & Amen.

Open the Grace {Day Twenty-Eight} 40 Gifts for 40 Days

“When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you. Stay there, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house.”

Luke 10:5-8

Today’s Reading // Luke 10:1-24

I Speak Jesus—Charity Gayle

Today’s Gift of Grace // Peace To This House

Open the Grace {Day Twenty-Eight} 40 Gifts for 40 Days

Lord, in this season of Lent,

help us to remember the life you’ve called us to…

Life-giving

Truth-seeking

Soul-stirring

Faith-keeping

Hope-filling

Love-lifting

Peace-speaking

May our hearts & homes be evidence of Your presence.

…and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.

Ephesians 6:15

Open the Grace {Day Twenty-Seven} 40 Gifts for 40 Days

“And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.””

Luke 5:4 ESV

Today’s Reading // Luke 5: 1-11

Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.”

Luke 5:10b NIV

Today’s Gift is Calling

Open the Grace {Day Twenty-Seven} 40 Gifts for 40 Days

Dear Lord,

We cast off fear, place our feet in your steps—

Simply to follow where you lead.

Question to consider: Where is the Savior calling you? // In words ~ with prayer ~ In actions ~ to follow 🌸

Open the Grace {Day Twenty-Six} 40 Gifts for 40 Days

“The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me,

Because He has anointed Me

To preach the gospel to the poor;

He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,

To proclaim liberty to the captives

And recovery of sight to the blind,

To set at liberty those who are oppressed;

To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.”

Luke 4:18-19

King of Heaven, may our lives emulate the powerful ministry You lead here on earth.

Let Your anointing be ever present as we walk through our days.

For the brokenhearted—Comfort.

For the captive—Freedom.

For the blind—Vision.

For the oppressed—Liberty.

Give us eyes to see every soul the way You do.

Today’s Gift of Grace // Jubilee

Open the Grace {Day Twenty-Six} 40 Gifts for 40 Days
Maverick City Music—Jubilee

As followers of Jesus, how does this passage provide purpose for our lives? For the way we live in community?

Open the Grace {Day Twenty-Five} 40 Gifts for 40 Days

Luke 4:1-4

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.

The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’

Wilderness // Jeremy Camp

Today’s Gift of Grace is Holy Determination

Open the Grace {Day Twenty-Five} 40 Gifts for 40 Days

Lord, You chose the hard way.

As we look to You—our souls find strength to endure..

To deny our flesh with all its whims & desire.

Help us to draw courage from Your example.

May we be filled with Holy Determination to walk through the wilderness seasons of our lives.

Trusting you’ve gone ahead of us— preparing the way.

“Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory.”

― Philip Yancey, Disappointment with God: Three Questions No One Asks Aloud

In what ways can we apply what Jesus experienced during those 40 days to the wilderness seasons of our lives?

Open the Grace {Day Twenty-Four} 40 Gifts for 40 Days

“I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

Mark 1:8 NIV

“When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too.

And as he was praying, heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove.

And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.””‬‬

‭‭Luke‬ ‭3:21-22‬ ‭NIV

Today’s Gift of Grace is Baptism

Open the Grace {Day Twenty-Four} 40 Gifts for 40 Days

Father, we thank you for all you’ve done.

Thank you for Jesus & His example on this earth.

Thank you for the gift of baptism,

To remember you’ve already received us as your children,

You’ve already made a way for us,

We daily receive your grace.

Open the Grace {Day Twenty-Three} 40 Gifts for 40 Days

Today’s Gift of Grace // Prepare the Way

Open the Grace {Day Twenty-Three} 40 Gifts for 40 Days

“The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, as it is written in Isaiah the prophet:

“I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way”—

“a voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’ ””
‭‭Mark‬ ‭1:1-3‬ ‭NIV‬‬

We Prepare the Way // Rick Pino

Lord, we hear Your Spirit calling.

Thank you for these 40 days of drawing near to You. May it touch every area of our lives

With repentance.

With forgiveness.

With healing.

With resurrection life.

We make way for You & all You came to do—in and through us—all because of Jesus.

🌸 How will I prepare the way for Jesus in my life today?

Open the Grace {Day Twenty-Two} 40 Gifts for 40 Days

Psalm 118:15-29

15 Shouts of joy and victory

resound in the tents of the righteous:

“The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!

16 The Lord’s right hand is lifted high;

the Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!”

17 I will not die but live,

and will proclaim what the Lord has done.

18 The Lord has chastened me severely,

but he has not given me over to death.

19 Open for me the gates of the righteous;

I will enter and give thanks to the Lord.

20 This is the gate of the Lord

through which the righteous may enter.

21 I will give you thanks, for you answered me;

you have become my salvation.

22 The stone the builders rejected

has become the cornerstone;

23 the Lord has done this,

and it is marvelous in our eyes.

24 The Lord has done it this very day;

let us rejoice today and be glad.

25 Lord, save us!

Lord, grant us success!

26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

From the house of the Lord we bless you.

27 The Lord is God,

and he has made his light shine on us.

With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession

up to the horns of the altar.

28 You are my God, and I will praise you;

you are my God, and I will exalt you.

29 Give thanks to the Lord, for

he is good; his love endures forever.

Though this was likely David’s psalm, it was also Jesus’ psalm. “This is pre-eminently the triumph song of the Christ, He the ideal Servant, He the perfect Priest, He the Leader of the people. How much all these words meant to Him as He sang them on that night in the upper room.” (G. Campbell Morgan)https://enduringword.com/bible-commentary/psalm-118/

Today’s Gift of Grace is Crowned With Confidence

Open the Grace {Day Twenty-Two} 40 Gifts for 40 Days

Father, You’re always covering

The Way You Crown Me With Confidence

I step out of the door

Into the landscape

With sword in hand

I face the days with fire & grace

Champion—Bethel Music