Lent Daily Devotionals

The theme for this Lenten season is surrender and embrace, especially attitudes and actions that can prevent our relationships with our family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers from thriving.

Each week, we will focus on an action or attitude that Scriptures say can prevent our relationships from flourishing. Each day, there will be passages that remind us to surrender a particular attitude and action that hinder thriving relationships and embrace attitudes and actions that promote healthy relationships.  

  • Day 40: Lent Daily Devotional
    SCRIPTURES: “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, …

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  • Day 39: Lent Daily Devotional
    SCRIPTURE: 19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, 21 envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone …

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  • Day 38: Lent Daily Devotional
    SCRIPTURES: A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body;     jealousy is like cancer in the bones. Proverbs 14:30 NLT Surely resentment destroys the fool,     and jealousy kills the simple. Job 5:2 NLT Anger is cruel, and wrath is like a flood,     but jealousy is even more dangerous. Proverbs 27:4 …

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  • Day 37: Lent Daily Devotional
    SCRIPTURE: 19 For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander. 20 These are what defile you. Eating with unwashed hands will never defile you.” Matthew 15:19-20 NLT REFLECTION QUESTION: Ask Holy Spirit what new levels of experience with and in Him that He is offering you today. 
  • Day 36: Lent Daily Devotional
    SCRIPTURE: 6 Samuel was displeased with their request and went to the Lord for guidance. 7 “Do everything they say to you,” the Lord replied, “for they are rejecting me, not you. They don’t want me to be their king any longer. 8 Ever since I brought them from Egypt they have continually abandoned me …

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  • Day 35: Lent Daily Devotional
    SCRIPTURES: Now Adam had sexual relations with his wife, Eve, and she became pregnant. When she gave birth to Cain, she said, “With the Lord’s help, I have produced a man!” 2 Later she gave birth to his brother and named him Abel. When they grew up, Abel became a shepherd, while Cain cultivated the …

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  • Day 34: Lent Daily Devotional
    SCRIPTURE: The poor, deluded fool feeds on ashes.     He trusts something that can’t help him at all. Yet he cannot bring himself to ask,     “Is this idol that I’m holding in my hand a lie?” Isaiah 44:20 REFLECTION QUESTION: What are you relinquishing, or giving back to God, that has taken …

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  • Day 33: Lent Daily Devotional
    SCRIPTURE: “Do not nurse hatred in your heart for any of your relatives. Confront people directly so you will not be held guilty for their sin. Leviticus 19:17 REFLECTION QUESTION: Is there anyone in your family who you are “nursing hatred” for in your heart? How will you embrace support and challenge instead in that …

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  • Day 32: Lent Daily Devotional
    SCRIPTURE: 19 My dear brothers and sisters, if someone among you wanders away from the truth and is brought back, 20 you can be sure that whoever brings the sinner back from wandering will save that person from death and bring about the forgiveness of many sins. James 5:19-20 REFLECTION QUESTION: What actions will I …

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  • Day 31: Lent Daily Devotional
    SCRIPTURE: Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to die;     save them as they stagger to their death. Proverbs 24:11 REFLECTION QUESTION: Who needs you to rescue them from death? Is it someone you know? How often do you put your needs on the back burner for someone else’s need?
  • Day 30: Lent Daily Devotional
    SCRIPTURE: People who wink at wrong cause trouble,     but a bold reproof promotes peace. Proverbs 10:10 REFLECTION QUESTION: Ask Holy Spirit to reveal where you are “winking at trouble.” How can you take bold steps today to promote peace?
  • Day 29: Lent Daily Devotional
    SCRIPTURES: 12 Now the sons of Eli were scoundrels who had no respect for the Lord 13 or for their duties as priests. Whenever anyone offered a sacrifice, Eli’s sons would send over a servant with a three-pronged fork. While the meat of the sacrificed animal was still boiling, 14 the servant would stick the …

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  • Day 28: Lent Daily Devotional
    SCRIPTURE: But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 1 John 1:9 NLT REFLECTION QUESTION: What is the NEXT brave and right thing Holy Spirit wants me to do today?
  • Day 27: Lent Daily Devotional
    SCRIPTURE: 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. Philippians …

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  • Day 26: Lent Daily Devotional
    SCRIPTURE: 13 For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, 14 who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins. Colossians 1:13-14 NLT REFLECTION QUESTION: How can you surrender your past and embrace what lies ahead?
  • Day 25: Lent Daily Devotional
    SCRIPTURE: 3 And that’s the way it was with us before Christ came. We were like children; we were slaves to the basic spiritual principles of this world. 4 But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law.5 God sent him to buy freedom for us …

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  • Day 24: Lent Daily Devotional
    SCRIPTURES: All who invoke a blessing or take an oath     will do so by the God of truth. For I will put aside my anger     and forget the evil of earlier days. 17 “Look! I am creating new heavens and a new earth,     and no one will even think …

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  • Day 23: Lent Daily Devotional
    SCRIPTURE: Love prospers when a fault is forgiven,     but dwelling on it separates close friends. Proverbs 17:9 NLT REFLECTION QUESTION: Who in your life do you need to forgive today?
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  • Day 21: Lent Daily Devotional
    SCRIPTURE: Then Jacob looked up and saw Esau coming with his 400 men. So he divided the children among Leah, Rachel, and his two servant wives. 2 He put the servant wives and their children at the front, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph last. 3 Then Jacob went on ahead. As …

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  • Day 20: Lent Daily Devotional
    SCRIPTURE: But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. Colossians 3:8 NLT REFLECTION QUESTION: Lord, what is it that am I angry about, and who am I angry with?
  • Day 19: Lent Daily Devotional
    SCRIPTURE: Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord. 15 Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble …

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  • Day 18: Lent Daily Devotional
    SCRIPTURE: Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. 20 Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. James 1:19-20 NLT REFLECTION QUESTION: What are some practical and healthy ways you can calm yourself down when you are getting angry …

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  • Day 17: Lent Daily Devotional
    SCRIPTURE: Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Ephesians 4:31 NLT Control your temper,     for anger labels you a fool. Ecclesiastes 7:9 NLT Stop being angry!     Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper—     it only …

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  • Day 16: Lent Daily Devotional
    SCRIPTURE: So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. 35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:34-35 NLT Owe nothing to anyone—except for your obligation to love one another. If …

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  • Day 15: Lent Daily Devotional
    SCRIPTURE: 35 Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came over and spoke to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do us a favor.” 36 “What is your request?” he asked. 37 They replied, “When you sit on your glorious throne, we want to sit in places of honor next to you, …

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  • Day 14: Lent Daily Devotional
    SCRIPTURE: When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, Galatians 5:19-20 NLT But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart, don’t cover up the truth …

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  • Day 13: Lent Daily Devotional
    SCRIPTURE: But there was a certain man named Ananias who, with his wife, Sapphira, sold some property. 2 He brought part of the money to the apostles, claiming it was the full amount. With his wife’s consent, he kept the rest. 3 Then Peter said, “Ananias, why have you let Satan fill your heart? You …

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  • Day 12: Lent Daily Devotional
    SCRIPTURE: Then someone called from the crowd, “Teacher, please tell my brother to divide our father’s estate with me.” 14 Jesus replied, “Friend, who made me a judge over you to decide such things as that?” 15 Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you …

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  • Day 11: Lent Daily Devotional
    Day 11: Lent Daily Devotional Week 3: Surrender selfishness and embrace service and generosity SCRIPTURE: 18 Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, 19 singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. 20 And …

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  • Day 10: Lent Daily Devotional
    SCRIPTURE: 16 That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. 17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 18 So we don’t look at the …

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  • Day 9: Lent Daily Devotional
    SCRIPTURE: O Lord, you have examined my heart     and know everything about me. 2 You know when I sit down or stand up.     You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. Psalm 139:1-2 NLT REFLECTION QUESTION: Ask Holy Spirit what new levels of experience with and in Him that He …

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  • Day 8: Lent Daily Devotional
    SCRIPTURE: Some Pharisees and teachers of religious law now arrived from Jerusalem to see Jesus. They asked him, 2 “Why do your disciples disobey our age-old tradition? For they ignore our tradition of ceremonial hand washing before they eat.” 3 Jesus replied, “And why do you, by your traditions, violate the direct commandments of God? …

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  • Day 7: Lent Daily Devotional
    SCRIPTURE: “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs—beautiful on the outside but filled on the inside with dead people’s bones and all sorts of impurity. 28 Outwardly you look like righteous people, but inwardly your hearts are filled with hypocrisy and lawlessness. Matthew 23:27-28 …

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  • Day 6: Lent Daily Devotional
    SCRIPTURES: When they arrived, Samuel took one look at Eliab and thought, “Surely this is the Lord’s anointed!” 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord …

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  • Day 5: Lent Daily Devotional
    SCRIPTURES: At that time Jeroboam’s son Abijah became very sick. 2 So Jeroboam told his wife, “Disguise yourself so that no one will recognize you as my wife. Then go to the prophet Ahijah at Shiloh—the man who told me I would become king. 3 Take him a gift of ten loaves of bread, some …

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  • Day 4: Lent Daily Devotional
    SCRIPTURES: And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this …

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  • Day 3: Lent Daily Devotional
    SCRIPTURE: After this, Absalom bought a chariot and horses, and he hired fifty bodyguards to run ahead of him. 2 He got up early every morning and went out to the gate of the city. When people brought a case to the king for judgment, Absalom would ask where in Israel they were from, and …

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  • Day 2: Lent Daily Devotional
    SCRIPTURES: 42 Many people did believe in him, however, including some of the Jewish leaders. But they wouldn’t admit it for fear that the Pharisees would expel them from the synagogue. 43 For they loved human praise more than the praise of God. John 12:42-43 NLT About that time King Herod Agrippa began to persecute …

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  • Day 1: Lent Daily Devotional
    Weekly Focus: Surrender people-pleasing and embrace pleasing God. SCRIPTURES: Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant. Galatians 1:10 NLT 15 Now it was the governor’s custom each year during the Passover celebration to release one prisoner to …

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  • Day 0: What is Lent?
    What Is Lent?There are both truths and misconceptions about Lent. When people think of Lent, several things come to mind – painful religious experiences of forced ritual, or the mystery of our faith, or an important time of spiritual preparation preceding the celebration of the resurrection of our Savior. In the early centuries of the …

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