“Do no work during that entire day because it is the Day of Atonement, when offerings of purification are made for you, making you right with the Lord your God. All who do not deny themselves that day will be cut off from God’s people.”
INSIGHT: God loves us so much that He creates time for us to come before Him, confessing our sin, repenting, and receiving forgiveness through the work of Jesus. Denying ourselves is practiced humility. He desires we recognize and use this precious gift of time to turn our hearts toward Him.
PRAYER: Holy God, we are unworthy of such unconditional love and mercy, and we praise your name that does not mean we are worthless! Give us awareness, the deepest heart conviction, of how we have grieved your Spirit. May we turn off our TVs and put away our phones and other distractions to turn our hearts on and seek you in that time, receiving the love and grace poured out from Jesus on the Cross. May we come away released from the burden of our sin: the shame, guilt, and fear, shouldering the lightness of your love and joyfully pursuing our purpose, believing our worth in the identifying name of Jesus, Amen