Shortly after his baptism, Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness in solitude and without food, and the devil tempted him, but Jesus came out victorious and began doing the ministry to which he was called. This is not the only example in the Bible of when someone goes into the desert wilderness as part of a preparation for something that follows.
Staying in the desert can be literal or metaphorical, it can be a physical as well as a spiritual place. Staying in the desert leaves room for prayer, for talking to God, and for listening to his voice in silence. Desert time opens up space for questioning and renunciation, but it also frees us to be able to receive what the Lord is offering us. After the desert period, a new life begins - reconnected with the Lord, giving up the superfluous and receiving what is important, we become ready and able to give to others.
For the next 40 days, leading up to Easter, we want to reflect on connecting with the Lord through prayer - about renunciation, about receiving what the Lord offers us and about what we can and should give to God and also to other people.
Each day brings a new biblical text and a short reflection, and it is up to each of us to respond personally to the challenges posed to us by the Lord Himself.
The PDF booklet contains 40 daily reflections
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Challenge 40 day 12
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This year's Challenge 40 is also part of the “Biblija365” application. You can download the app under that name and continue reading the Bible and other various daily reflections even after Challenge 40. (In Croatian)
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