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Now’s the time to get ready

From 40 Days of Prayer and Fasting Guide


Matthew 3

Call to Prayer 

In Matthew 3, John the Baptist prepares the way for Jesus. The world’s greatest rescue story is about to unfold, and John tells the world, “Get ready!”

As you read and pray, remember John’s call. The religious elite of the day trusted in their traditions and lineage to save them. When Jesus returns to rule and reign, He won’t be checking church attendance or asking who our parents are. He will be looking for those who trust in Him. 

So let us repent of sin and help others turn to Jesus. May the Holy Spirit remind each of us that King Jesus is coming back, and our mission, much like John’s, is to prepare the way for His coming.  

Today’s Scripture

Matthew 3

Ways to Pray

  • Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal any sin you’ve yet to repent of. Confess those sins and ask for forgiveness. 
  • Ask the Lord for opportunities to share who He is and encourage others toward repentance. 
  • Pray for the church today to have the same boldness that John did. May we be willing to live differently, preparing the way in our actions as well as our words. 

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