Lenten Prayers 4

BY Doug Jones

March 19, 2013

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There are two more prayers for us to pray during this time before we remember the final week of Jesus’s life. These prayers for Lent seem to capture well many of the themes we have looked at during Lent this year.

Lenten Blessing*

Father, help us be formed in the likeness of your Son, Jesus Christ, who willingly came to our world, lived a perfect life, and died that we might live a new life. May we be filled with his never-ending love, nurtured by the truth of his living word, and guided through his perfect example. Amen.

Dawn to Dark, p. 242

Daily Prayer*

O God, whose blessed Son steadfastly set his face to go to the city where he was to suffer and die; let there be in us this same devotion which was in him. Forgive us, we beseech thee, our many evasions of duty. We have held back from fear of men. We have ranked security and comfort higher than justice and truth; and our hearts condemn us. But thou, O Lord, who art greater than our hearts, have mercy upon us. Purge us from the fear that is born of self-concern. Beget in us the fear that we may be found wanting in loyalty to thee and thy purpose of good for mankind. Fill us with the compassion of him who for our sake endured the cross; that we may be delivered from selfishness and cowardice; and that, dedicating our lives to thy service, we may be used of thee to help one another and to heal the hurt of the world; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Dawn to Dark, p. 243-244

*The first prayer is an opening prayer. It is suitable for you to pray first thing in the morning, as a prayer of blessing over a meal, or as a call to worship in a public setting. The second prayer is intended to be prayed throughout the day as a way to join your heart with your sisters and brothers who make up the body of Christ.


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