Lent begins this week on Ash Wednesday, February 26, 2020. It begins a six-week period leading up to Easter on Sunday, April 12th. The Prayer Journals blog is inviting you to participate in a spiritual journey of fasting and prayer for the next 6 weeks. I will be posting a daily Bible verse and a prayer prompt for personal reflection on The Prayer Journal Facebook page. I will also be posting periodically here on The Prayer Journals blog, but I hope you will join every day on Facebook (click this link: https://www.facebook.com/PrayerPrompts/).
40 Days of Lent – Daily Prayer with Prayer Journal Prompts
The Lenten season is a time for personal reflection on God’s work on our behalf through the telling of Christ’s passion. We devote ourselves to seeking God in our prayers and reading Scripture through the practice of self-control through fasting. We remember with awe and humility God’s sacrifice to win us back to Himself through his son, Jesus Christ, so that we may have everlasting life through faith in Christ. I, personally, will be fasting from food in which I will primarily eat only one to two meals a day with intermittent fasting a minimum of 18 hours. Others may choose a different form of fasting such as fasting from alcohol, television, or abstaining from any activity or habit that may inhibit personal prayer and reflection.
What God has done through Christ
“God has rescued us from the power of darkness and has brought us into the kingdom of his Son, whom he loves. His Son paid the price to free us, which means that our sins are forgiven.
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. He created all things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible. Whether they are kings or lords, rulers or powers— everything has been created through him and for him. He existed before everything and holds everything together. He is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, the first to come back to life so that he would have first place in everything. God was pleased to have all of himself live in Christ. God was also pleased to bring everything on earth and in heaven back to himself through Christ. He did this by making peace through Christ’s blood sacrificed on the cross.
Once you were separated from God. The evil things you did showed your hostile attitude. But now Christ has brought you back to God by dying in his physical body. He did this so that you could come into God’s presence without sin, fault, or blame. This is on the condition that you continue in faith without being moved from the solid foundation of the hope that the Good News contains. You’ve heard this Good News of which I, Paul, became a servant. It has been spread throughout all creation under heaven.” Colossians 1:13-23 GW
When I pray
When I reflect on the Bible verse selected for the day and the prayer prompt, I will be asking myself questions that will help me draw closer to God and journaling my responses for reflection not only throughout the day but continued prayer throughout the Lenten season.
God who made the choice of my beginning and who will make the choice of my ending has been and continues to be in the middle of all my choices during my times of distress and during times of my joy. He understands my limits, and may I come to understand His limitless power of grace and mercy through Christ’s passion and resurrection.
When I pray, am I prepared to be intensely focused on God’s point of view?
“Make the most of your opportunities because these are evil days. So don’t be foolish, but understand what the Lord wants.” Ephesians 5:16-17 GW
Am I prepared for God to perform with me everything in which He separated me?
“If any of you needs wisdom to know what you should do, you should ask God, and he will give it to you. God is generous to everyone and doesn’t find fault with them.” James 1:5 GW
After He has done his work with me, am I then prepared to separate myself from God just as Jesus did?
“ “I am the A and the Z,” says the Lord God, the one who is, the one who was, and the one who is coming, the Almighty.” Revelations 1:8 GW
Have I made myself one with Jesus so that what controls Christ controls me too?
“So we must make every effort to enter that place of rest. Then no one will be lost by following the example of those who refused to obey.
God’s word is living and active. It is sharper than any two-edged sword and cuts as deep as the place where soul and spirit meet, the place where joints and marrow meet. God’s word judges a person’s thoughts and intentions. No creature can hide from God. Everything is uncovered and exposed for him to see. We must answer to him.” Hebrews 4:11-13 GW
Am I prepared for what this will cost me?
“We need to hold on to our declaration of faith: We have a superior chief priest who has gone through the heavens. That person is Jesus, the Son of God. We have a chief priest who is able to sympathize with our weaknesses. He was tempted in every way that we are, but he didn’t sin. So we can go confidently to the throne of God’s kindness to receive mercy and find kindness, which will help us at the right time.” Hebrews 4:14-16 GW
Am I prepared to set myself apart from the Holy Spirit’s work in me?
“God has done all this. He has restored our relationship with him through Christ, and has given us this ministry of restoring relationships. In other words, God was using Christ to restore his relationship with humanity. He didn’t hold people’s faults against them, and he has given us this message of restored relationships to tell others.” 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 GW
My Prayer Journal – Praying for Spiritual Growth
I begin a new prayer journal for The Prayer Journals Lenten 6-week event of fasting, prayer and personal reflection. In preparation, on the first page of this new journal, I will write out the following Bible verses (GW) with how to pray for spiritual growth.
“ I’m asking God to give you a gift from the wealth of his glory. I pray that he would give you inner strength and power through his Spirit. Then Christ will live in you through faith. I also pray that love may be the ground into which you sink your roots and on which you have your foundation. This way, with all of God’s people you will be able to understand how wide, long, high, and deep his love is. You will know Christ’s love, which goes far beyond any knowledge. I am praying this so that you may be completely filled with God.”
“May this God of peace prepare you to do every good thing he wants. May he work in us through Jesus Christ to do what is pleasing to him. Glory belongs to Jesus Christ forever. Amen.”
“May God, the source of hope, fill you with joy and peace through your faith in him. Then you will overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
2 Thessalonians 3:5
“May the Lord direct your lives as you show God’s love and Christ’s endurance.”
Lord, bring me close to Your cross that I might know how You loved me and gave Yourself to me. Lord, may I keep Lent in a way that is pleasing to You. As I follow You from the garden to the Cross, do not let me follow from afar that I would deny You. Help me to watch and pray with You that I may not fall into temptation. Enlighten me that I may see by faith that You knelt in Prayer for me, that You, the Holy One, were judged a criminal by whiplashes of angry sinners as my sinless Savior, that You stumbled under the cross as our Suffering Servant, that you died as the Lamb of God in my stead and for my sake.
Lord Jesus, through it all help me hear in Your Prayer the single purpose for which You endured pain and death: “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Amen
(Adapted from the Lutheran Book of Prayer)
Getting to know God
I have been writing in a journal since I was a young girl. In the last ten years I have kept a prayer journal to draw closer to God. Are you waiting for answers? Draw closer to God.
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I am praying for you!
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God’s Blessings to You,
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