Lent daybook, 8: Do not harden your heart

A Lent daybook for these 40 days of prayer. (You can see previous Lent daybook 2017 posts here)

Epectase 9  - photographer Corentin Fohlen and performer Jérôme Von Zilw  source

Epectase 9 - photographer Corentin Fohlen and performer Jérôme Von Zilw

Song for today: Melt My Soul to Love by Red Mountain Church


Listen to all of the Lent Daybook 2017 songs at this playlist on Spotify:  Lent 2017

Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end. As it is said,
Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” For who were those who heard and yet rebelled? Was it not all those who left Egypt led by Moses? And with whom was he provoked for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? And to whom did he swear that they would not enter his rest, but to those who were disobedient? So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief.
— Hebrews 3:12-19 (ESV)

Prayer for today: 

O Lord, we beseech thee to deliver us from the fear of the unknown future; from the fear of failure; from fear of poverty; from fear of bereavement; from fear of loneliness; from fear of sickness and pain; from fear of age; and from fear of death. Help us, O Father, by thy grace to love and fear thee only, fill our hearts with cheerful courage and loving trust in thee; through our Lord and Master Jesus Christ.
— Akanu Ibaim (Nigeria)

Spiritual practice for today:

Almsgiving is a traditional Lenten practice. Today pray that the Lord would show you his face in the most distressing of your neighbors, and lead you to ways that you can show compassionate mercy. (source)

(see all Lent daybook posts from 2016 here)