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A Prayer for Lent
In these days of Lent, O Lord, we ponder the cross,
and we remember the story of your sacrifice.
We are filled with awe and reverence. We are humbled.
How great is the love that you have for us,
that you would give your life for us. Make us truly grateful,
and may your amazing love be at work in our daily lives
to renew and change us to be more like you.
Jesus, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world.
We confess our sins of mind and spirit,
our trespasses and failings, our selfish actions and deeds.
We beg for your forgiveness and plead for mercy
– not that we deserve your grace,
but trusting fully in your suffering and death in our place.
Lord, in your mercy: Hear our prayer.
A Prayer for Lent
Savior, we ask for your help,
to keep the meaning of this holy season alive in our minds and hearts throughout the year.
When life seems unfair, and when we are struggling to understand your ways,
remind us just how much you love us.
May your Holy Spirit help us to continue to grow in faith and in fellowship,
until the day when we are called to our eternal home.
Healing Lord, we pray for those who are in need of your strength and renewal.
Bless the sick, comfort the grieving, shelter the homeless,
feed the poor, restore hope to those in despair.
Use us, and use your Church throughout the world,
to serve as your hands of caring and love to people everywhere.
Help those who don’t know your saving love to experience that love,
through the words and actions of Christians like us.
Colossians 2:8-15 NIV
See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy,which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces[a] of this world rather than on Christ.
For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.
When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you[d] alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
Benediction: The Aaronic Blessing link
The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.