Monday, March 25, 2013

Lenten Devotional for Monday, March 25

SPECIAL NOTE: Dr. Jim Denison is in the Tall City this week for AWAKE 7:14, March 24-27, 7:00 - 8:30 pm at Midland Center
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Dr. Jim Denison's 2013 collection of Lenten devotionals is entitled, "If My People..." and comes at a time that he believes "a Fifth Great Awakening is sweeping the nations, as more people are coming to Christ than ever before in Christian history. How can you join this great movement of God's Spirit?" He goes on to write, "in this year's Lenten devotional guide, we will walk each day with King Solomon as he leads his nation into God's presence and glory. We will commit ourselves to our Father's purpose and experience his transforming power. And we will claim his promise: 'If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land' (2 Chronicles 7:14). 'If My People ...' is more than a Lenten guide - it is God's invitation to intimacy with him. Please join us on this joyous journey."

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Monday, March 25
Holy Monday: Is Your Heart a House of Prayer?

On Monday of Holy Week, Jesus found money changers at work in the temple area. They sold sacrifi cial animals to the crowds that came for Passover. In addition, they changed Roman currency (with its idolatrous images of the emperor) into temple currency. However, they charged exorbitant prices for their animals and in flated exchange rates for their money.

So Jesus "overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves" (Matthew 21:12). He then said, "It is written, 'My house will be called a house of prayer,' but you are making it a 'den of robbers'" (v. 13, quoting Isaiah 56:7 and Jeremiah 7:11). God did not call his temple a "house of preaching" or a "house of programs," but a "house of prayer."

Our theme Scripture calls us to "pray" for awakening. Your life is now the temple of the Holy Spirit" (1 Corinthians 3:16). Are there "moneychangers" at work there? Or is your heart a "house of prayer" today?

Prior to founding the Denison Forum on Truth and Culture, James C. Denison, Ph.D., was pastor of Park Cities Baptist Church, a 10,000-member congregation in Dallas, Texas. He also pastored churches in Midland and Mansfield, Texas, and in Atlanta, Georgia. He earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion and Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and received a Doctor of Divinity degree from Dallas Baptist University. He is also the the author of seven books.

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