Gracious heavenly Father, on this first Sunday of Lent shine the true Light of Christ upon our lives. Guide us in our times of worship to praise you in all things and to glorify Your Name in all we think, say and do. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Heavenly Father, we love and adore you. Bless our weekend with rest and renewal in our bodies, minds, and spirits. Bless our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world with this same rest and renewal. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Lord Jesus in this season of Lent when we examine our lives before you. We would ask that You search our hearts and know us well. Point out any way in us that offends you that we may turn away from doing those things that displease You. We ask this in Your holy name. Amen.
Lord Jesus, You are like a gentle shepherd leading us in the paths of righteousness and truth. Protect us from the wolves and other predators who would seek to devour our souls and bring us to ruin. Guide us daily in the paths of everlasting life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Father, as we begin the season of Lent, we would pray like King David of Israel did when he asked You to search his heart to make sure there was nothing in his life that would offend You. (Psalms 139:23-24). Search our hearts, point out anything in our lives that offends You, help us to repent from them that we may be pure and holy in Your sight through the blood of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
This morning these words kept going through my mind: “Lord Jesus, I long to be perfectly whole …” The words come from the hymn Whiter Than Snow written by James L. Nicholson in 1872. The whole hymn is a prayer for cleansing from sin and being filled with the Spirit of God. Which seems perfect as we begin the season of Lent. Let these words be one of your prayers for today:
“Lord Jesus, I long to be
I want Thee forever to live in my soul;
Break down every idol, cast out every foe—
Now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” Amen.
(It is hymn 109 in the Hymns for The Family of God, published by Paragon Associates, Inc and is Public Domain).
Heavenly Father, thank You for this beautiful but cold day. You have taught us to give thanks in every circumstance and to be joyful in You. We ask for Your help for those who lost loved ones and property in the recent severe weather that has cut across our entire nation creating tornadoes in the South and blizzards in the North. Help people to remember to turn to You in these difficult times. In Jesus’ name. Amen.