40 Days

By Rev Lynn Sullivan

Matthew 4: 1-11

Jesus just got baptized by John the Baptist and God proclaims, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”  His ministry is about to start. 

The first thing Jesus does is to retreat into the wilderness and fasts for 40 days and nights.  Jesus is with God and is receiving his nourishment from his soul.

The devil appears, and tries to tempt Jesus, “Command these stones to become loaves of bread.”

Jesus does not get caught up in Satan’s antics. Jesus gives his own commands, “Away with you, Satan! for it is written “Worship the Lord your God, and serve only God.”

During the season of Lent, we may have promised to give something up to strengthen our relationship with God.  At first, all is going well, but after some time, we start to crave what we have given up.  Remember this is a deliberate time of testing so we can redirect our focus on “Worship the Lord your God, and serve only God.”

Let us pray:

Holy God, as we are in this season of Lent, keep our focus on worshipping you and establishing a dependency upon you.  As we weaken with desire, remind us to stay firm in the Lord.  Redirect our thoughts to prayer toward you.  Amen