These Forty Days: A Lenten Devotional (Paperback)
According to the Scriptures the devil tempted Jesus during a period of fasting and prayer that was preparation for Jesus' public ministry and passion. Throughout the Bible, times of desert preparation often preceded significant ministry. This is why we observe the season preceding Easter as a time for spiritual focus. The rhythms of fasting and feasting, desert and oasis, discipline and joy are not only well known to God's people but also essential components of spiritual growth.These Forty Days is a simple guide for the reading of Scripture, reflection, prayer, and response. The primary emphasis of this devotional is on the teaching of Jesus in what we have come to call the Sermon on the Mount, as presented to us in Matthew's gospel. This is meant to be a friendly practice and not task driven. Embracing the discipline of this time is a good thing. By beginning each day with intention, these devotionals will shape each of your hours with a heightened sensitivity to the Holy Spirit's teaching and guidance.
Jeren Rowell, Ed.D., is president and professor of pastoral ministry at Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City. He previously served twelve years as superintendent of the Kansas City District for the Church of the Nazarene and twenty-five years as a local church pastor. His prior books include Thinking, Listening, Being: A Wesleyan Pastoral Theology and What's A Pastor to Do? The Good and Difficult Work of Ministry.