The Fourth Sunday in Lent

3 For I was envious of the arrogant
As I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
4 For there are no pains in their death,
And their body is fat.
5 They are not in trouble as other men,
Nor are they plagued like mankind.
6 Therefore pride is their necklace;
The garment of violence covers them.
7 Their eye bulges from fatness;
The imaginations of their heart run riot.
8 They mock and wickedly speak of oppression;
They speak from on high. ~ Psalm 78:3-8 (NASB)

Heavenly Father, though Your Word commands us to teach future generations about what You have done for us, we are like the people of Israel—hard-headed and rebellious, with spirits unfaithful to You. I look at the world around me and realize this country, which began as a Christian nation, is no longer in Your will. Sometimes I get discouraged and want to give up, but You call me to discipleship. You will hold me and every other Christian accountable for what we do to spread Your Word. Going into all the world to spread the Gospel is not just the job of missionaries and preachers, it is the job of me and every other Christian layperson. I may not be able to go to other countries, but I can reach people around the world on the Internet. I can support missionaries with money and prayers. Show me what You would have to do and empower me to do it. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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