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Lent prayer and reflection guide

These Bible readings, thoughts and prayers are for every day of Lent, and give you the opportunity to reflect and spend time with God in preparation for Easter.

EM2020.2 EasterMission website 810x540These daily Lent reflections are designed to prepare us for Easter, and to remember the great love that Jesus has for each of us.

These short daily reflections provide an opportunity to connect with God each day and draw closer to Jesus in the lead up to Easter Sunday, where we celebrate our risen Saviour.

Lent is a season of pausing each day to surrender our hearts to God and spend time with Him. We hope that you will be blessed as you read and reflect each day on the truth that our lives should be built on nothing less than the cross of Christ.

All scriptures come from the New International Version–UK (NIVUK).

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26 February 

Ash Wednesday

Bible verse: Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Psalm 51:1

Thought: Lent is a time to remember Jesus' sacrifice on the cross. Let us give thanks and reflect on all that He has done for us.

Prayer: God, thank You that this season gives me an opportunity to re-connect with You. Make me glad to honour You as King.

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27 February 

Bible verse: Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming. It is close at hand. Joel 2:1

Thought: Even before Jesus first came to earth, people were excited and preparing for His coming and all He planned to do. During Lent, let's reflect and be thankful for what He has done.

Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank You for coming to complete your work of restoration and light. I ask that You continue to shine Your light on me and those around me.

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28 February 

Bible verse: Shout it aloud, do not hold back.Raise your voice like a trumpet. Declare to my people their rebellion and to the descendants of Jacob their sins. For day after day they seek me out; they seem eager to know my ways, as if they were a nation that does what is right and has not forsaken the commands of its God. They ask me for just decisions and seem eager for God to come near them. Isaiah 58:1-2

Thought: How big is God in your life? During this season of Lent, maybe include Him in your everyday life. There's nothing too big or too small for Him.

Prayer: Lord God, help me to make time to dwell in Your grace and peace.

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29 February 

Bible verse: We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:20-21

Thought: We are Christ's ambassadors. Wherever we go, we reflect Him, the King and Creator of the universe. And the same Creator also became a lowly man to take on the sins of the world for you and me. How incredible is that?

Prayer: Holy God, Your sovereign power and salvation is a gift. Thank you.

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1 March 

First Sunday in Lent

Bible verse: When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Genesis 2:15-17,3:2-7

Thought: Sometimes we aren't in our right mind, but we didn’t mean to do or think wrong. Eve didn’t mean to drag Adam into her decision and she didn't mean for it to be as bad as it was. And even though God had to send them out of the Garden of Eden, He had already written the story of redemption and salvation of humanity.

Prayer: God, I'm sorry that I might not always do the right thing, but I thank You that You forgive me and save me from sin.

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2 March

Bible verse: You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. Psalm 32:1-2,6-7

Thought: When we aren't feeling our best, sometimes we just want to get away and hide from the world and everyone. In times like this we can look to God deliver us from times of trouble.

Prayer: God, I thank you that You are always there for me even when I don’t feel like my best or that I deserve it.

 

 

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3 March 

Bible verse: Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. Matthew 4:1-4

Thought: Life can be tough. When Jesus was challenged and tested, He trusted God and knew He was enough. Continue to pray that God will take you through any trying times.

Prayer: Lord, please help me to trust You even when times get tough. Help me to see how much I need You.

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4 March 

Bible verse: Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned. Romans 5:12-14

Thought: Leading up to Easter, the season of Lent helps us to prepare and be thankful for what Jesus has done for all. Jesus came to save us from death in sin, when no one could.

Prayer: Dear God, thank You for your love and grace through Jesus Christ. Please help me to show people the way to You.

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5 March 

Bible verse: For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ! Romans 5:15-17

Thought: God is just and fair and didn’t give up on us, even after Adam and Eve disobeyed His first command. God chose to love us and forgive us and sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, who took on the sins of the world so that we could be with Him again.

Prayer: God, thank You for pursuing us and not giving up on us. I want to trust You more in all aspects of my life.

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6 March 

Bible verse: For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous. Romans 5:19

Thought: Jesus was obedient to God's mission and only through Him are we made righteous again.

Prayer: God, thank You for Your Son, Jesus, and the miracle of life and salvation He is to us.

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7 March 

Bible verse: …Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness. Romans 4:1-5

Thought: Have you ever felt like you needed to earn someone's love or attention? The gift of Jesus and the salvation through Him was given freely by God. We don't need to do anything to earn His love.

Prayer: Dear Jesus, You see so much potential in me and in everyone. Thank You. Help me to live into the plan You have for my life.

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8 March 

Second Sunday in Lent

Bible verse: It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. Romans 4:13-17

Thought: Abraham was promised by God to be a Father of Nations, having as many children as there are stars in the sky. Abraham was old and unworthy, but in grace God chose him.

Prayer: God, thank You for always showing grace to me, which gives so much hope. Please help me to trust You more.

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9 March 

Bible verse: Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. John 3:3-8

Thought: When Jesus started teaching about His Father in heaven, people questioned him constantly. Sometimes we might not understand what God is doing in the moment, but He has a bigger plan and purpose.

Prayer: Dear God, sometimes we might not understand what You are doing but help us to trust that You are good and constant and have a greater plan for my life.

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Bible verse: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:9-17

Thought: Jesus was a bold teacher that called out when other elders, officials and teachers were getting it wrong. He knew His message was important and would go through any means to make sure people heard it.

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for Your Bible. Please help me to read it more, because it contains all the truth and wisdom that I need for this life.

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11 March 

Bible verse: I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber. Psalm 121:1-4

Thought: Knowing God is like being on the heights of a mountain, where we can see the big picture of what He's doing. He is trustworthy and will not let you stumble or fall.

Prayer: God, thank You for being my Sovereign Lord and Friend that I can always approach and You will hear me.

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12 March

Bible verse: The Lord will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. Psalm 121:5-8

Thought: God is with you always, day and night, every day. He always wants to make sure you feel loved.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for always being here for me. Please help me to commit more time to spend with You. You are the greatest friend I could hope for.

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13 March 

Bible verse: The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” So Abram went, as the Lord had told him… Genesis 12:1-4a

Thought: When Abraham was first called by God, he was already 75 years old! He was very skeptical to the idea that God could use someone of his age to change the world, but God sees more than what we see, and everyone can be a blessing to someone else.

Prayer: God, you are truly worthy of praise. You can take any situation and turn it around for the better. Please help me to have great faith in You.

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14 March 

Bible verse: After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus…While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus. Matthew 17:1-8

Thought: Jesus' time on earth was full of miracles and surprises that were hard to believe or imagine. He came to earth to show us that our Heavenly Father loves us.

Prayer: Jesus, thank you for coming to earth to live the life that I can't. Thank you for showing me that all strength comes from my Heavenly Father.

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15 March 

Third Sunday in Lent

Bible verse: The Lord answered Moses, “Go out in front of the people. Take with you some of the elders of Israel and take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. I will stand there before you by the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it for the people to drink.” So Moses did this in the sight of the elders of Israel. Exodus 17:1-7

Thought: The Bible is filled with stories of struggle and perseverance of God's people. But despite their grumbles and groans, God comes through for them. If you're having a tough time too, reflect on the promises that God is with you.

Prayer: God, sometimes I feel overwhelmed by all the things that I don't understand. Help me to remember that no matter what, you love me. 

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16 March  

Bible verse: Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. Psalm 95:1-5 

Thought: God loves it when we rejoice and sing His name. He controls the seas and the mountains! There are so many things to give thanks for. 

Prayer: Jesus, You are the greatest news for all people. Help me to spread Your true love to those around me, as we're heading towards Easter. 

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17 March  

Bible verse: Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care. Psalm 95:6-7 

Thought: A shepherd would never abandon his flock. As God is our shepherd, we can trust that He cares for us always. 

Prayer: Lord, thank You for always watching out for me and pursuing me even when I don't pursue You. 

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18 March  

Bible verse: The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)” Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water." John 4:7-12 

Thought: Jesus spoke to those others would not. Sometimes we might cast out or look down on those who might be different to us, but if we follow Jesus' example, we should love all and treat everyone equally. Who can you show God's love to that you might not have previously? 

Prayer: God, thank You for Your heart for those who don't have the same comforts I might have and please help me to love them like You do. I pray You protect them and be with them in times of need. 

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Bible verse: Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life. John 4:13-20 

Thought: Despite her background, Jesus treated the Samaritan women with grace and compassion. Who can you show mercy to today? 

Prayer: Lord, please help me to forgive those I hold things against. Help me to love them as You would. 

 

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20 March  

Bible verse: The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.” John 4:21-26 

Thought: God wants to meet with everyone. There is no one too far gone that God can't reach or save. Jesus told His friends to love and treat others equally and to follow His example. 

Prayer: God, You sent Your Son to show that You are with us. Thank You for always being near. 

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21 March  

Bible verse: "My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.” John 4:27-35 

Thought: The people around Jesus were often confused and questioned the way He lived and spoke. Jesus was the greatest teacher.  He lived what He taught. Do you live by what you say? 

Prayer: Lord, thank You for being so consistent in Your teachings and Your words. Help me to learn from You to be the best reflection of You I can be. 

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22 March  

Fourth Sunday in Lent 

Bible verse: You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Romans 5:1-6 

Thought: If it weren't for Jesus Christ, we would still be lost in hopelessness and shame. When we were at our worst, God sent Jesus to renew our hope. 

Prayer: God, my help and hope is found in You. Thank You for being the true Gift. 

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Bible verse: But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. 1 Samuel 16:4-7

Thought: Samuel was chosen by God to represent and speak for Him. As he learnt how to teach others about God, God urged him to look deeper than how the world sees. Take a moment today to think of others more than how you normally would see them.

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for seeing the best in me and for Your forgiveness and grace.

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24 March 

Bible verse: For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light. Ephesians 5:8-14

Thought: God wants to take us with Him; out of the darkness and to further His Kingdom. We were once in darkness, but only with God can we be in the light and to shine His light onto others. How will you be His light to others?

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for being the light in this world. Please help us to shine as You did. Thank You for Wesley Mission, which shines Your light in so many communities in Sydney and beyond.

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25 March 

Bible verse: But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David… Luke 1:26-38

Thought: The First Coming of Jesus was a miracle that was expected for centuries beforehand. God chose Mary, a simple young woman, to bear the Son of God and the Saviour of the world. God's plan to redeem the world from sin was beautifully planned.

Prayer: God, thank You for seeing the potential in everyone. Thank You for Jesus and the miracle of His birth and the gift He is to mankind.

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26 March 

Bible verse: Many, Lord my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare. Sacrifice and offering you did not desire—but my ears you have opened—burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require. Psalm 40:5-8

Thought: God doesn't need us to sacrifice. He just wants to spend time with us and to share with us His wonders and deeds that He wants for us. Spend some time with Him today to give thanks for all He's done in your life.

Prayer: God, I thank You that I can spend time with You now and that You made a way for me to seek You freely.

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27 March 

Bible verse: Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second. And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Hebrews 10:8-10

Thought: Jesus Christ was the final sacrifice that was needed to fully atone for the world to be reunited with God. We often try so hard to make amends for all the bad we have done but nothing is as sufficient as the sacrifice of Jesus.

Prayer: Lord God, I thank You for Your Son, Jesus, and all He has done for me. In this time leading up to Easter, I pray that I keep You close to my heart and walk with You more and more everyday.

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28 March 

Bible verse: He replied, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see. John 9:1-41

Thought: Jesus ministered as he passed through cities with His disciples. He healed and helped many with ailments and sicknesses. When Jesus sent a blind man to wash his eyes, the man could see and could not keep the miracle to himself so he tried to declare the news to everyone. Is there anything you can share that God has done in your life?

Prayer: Lord, I pray that You heal those who need You today. Whether it be a sickness or an emotion, I pray that You be with them as a comforter.

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29 March 

Fifth Sunday in Lent

Bible verse: Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this? John 11:1-45

Thought: When Jesus saw the grief surrounding Lazarus' death, He wept but did not despair. He called to Lazarus and brought Him back out alive. In Jesus' eyes, nothing is impossible with God. Are there some things in your life you can trust and believe God can change?

Prayer: Lord, I pray You stretch and strengthen my faith as I spend more time with You. Help me to believe there's nothing You can't do.

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30 March 

Bible verse: If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you. I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption. Psalm 130

Thought: God hears us when we wait and pray to Him. There's nothing too small or insignificant for Him to listen to. We can put our hope in Him and His unfailing love.

Prayer: Lord, I give You so much thanks for listening to me and being there for me especially in the toughest of times.

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31 March 

Bible verse: …There was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them… Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’ Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel… I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord.’ Ezekiel 37:7-14

Thought: othing depicts grace more than bones that have dried out, but God can breathe life into even the driest of bones and restore flesh, skin and strength to them. There is nothing beyond hope with God. What can God restore and breathe life into in your life?

Prayer: Lord, I pray that You breathe life in those that need rejuvenation of hope and joy. I pray that I can hold on to Your promises more and more.

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1 April 

Bible verse: And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you. Romans 8:9-11

Thought: The same Spirit and Power that conquered the grave and raised Christ from the dead lives in you. What an incredible thing to grasp that God wants to work in you and through you and there's nothing that can't be done with God.

Prayer: God, I pray that You help me to understand more of who You are and what Your will is for my life.

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2 April 

Bible verse: I will give you thanks, for you answered me; you have become my salvation. The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. Psalm 118:19-24

Thought: The stone the builders rejected became the Cornerstone, just as Jesus was judged and sentenced to death, He is now risen, and He is the centre of God's Kingdom on heaven and on earth.

Prayer: God, I'm sorry that humanity judged You and chose against You. I pray that I choose You more and more every day from now on.

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3 April 

Bible verse: Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Let Israel say: “His love endures forever." Psalm 118:1-2

Thought: God's hope and love lasts longer than our own. Sometimes our patience and perseverance does not last as long as we think it can, but we can depend on God and proclaim 'His Love endures forever'.

Prayer: God, thank You for Your hope and peace that surpasses our understanding. Help me to depend on You more.

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Bible verse: Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Phillipians 2:5-11

Thought: Jesus was the Prince of Heaven, royalty at the highest place, but He made himself nothing to be born as a man. Jesus did this all for love, descending from His throne to be with us so He can raise us with Him in salvation.

Prayer: Lord, I thank You that You loved us and came down to earth to save us. I pray I live my life more and more like Jesus.

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Palm Sunday

Sixth Sunday in Lent

Bible verse: Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’ Matthew 21:1-11

Thought: Riding into a city on a donkey was the least majestic way a Prince could enter, but after people heard of Jesus and all He had done, they came to the streets greeting Him with palm leaves and placed them at His feet, to make it a royal entrance. Do you prepare the way for Jesus to enter in your own life?

Prayer: God, I thank You that we have the gift of Jesus and that He did everything He needed to save us from condemnation.

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