Adult Prayers for Lent
I Will Turn
(a daily prayer for Lent)
Lord, I will turn,
Turn my face towards you.
I will lay before you the desert areas I hide
And turn to soak in your refreshing words of life.
I will cast aside the barren, selfish pursuits
And turn to rest in the tranquil warmth of your love.
I will draw back from the harsh pull of media
And turn to bathe in the gentle power of your Spirit.
Lord, today I turn my face towards you.
I will turn
To soak in your words of life,
To rest in the warmth of your love,
And to bathe in the power of your Spirit.
(a Lenten prayer poem by Julie Palmer © 2018 www.prayerscapes.com)
Ash Wednesday Prayer
(A prayer suitable for saying before or shortly after receiving the ashes)
Death your love embraced
To extinguish the flame of darkness.
Death in ashes, yet love set alight
Now alive and dancing
As a beacon of hope in our hearts.
Dear Lord, with this mark of your cross upon me
I choose to walk its way.
To let go of self, and entrust all things to you
So that I may catch a glimpse of your eternal love for me.
(a prayer for Ash Wednesday from www.lords-prayer-words.com)
Youth Prayer for Lent
(A prayer suitable for teenagers and young people to say)
Teach me a new freedom.
Freedom to reject comparison
And to embrace uniqueness.
Freedom to cut ties with greed
And feast on love.
Freedom to abstain from over indulgence
And feast on self-control.
Freedom to leave behind selfish thoughts
And to focus on the needs of others.
Freedom to fend off insecurity
And to embrace grace.
Lord, at this time of Lent,
Thank you for the freedom you bring.
(a Lenten prayer for young people from www.lords-prayer-words.com)
Before praying the prayer (below) with your Sunday school class or children, you may want to point out one or two things about Lent:-
We don't just give something up for Lent. The reason we give it up is to get closer to God. For example, if we have given up chocolate for Lent, when we want some, we remember that we have given it up so we can pray instead.
We can give anything up for Lent - it doesn't have to be food, and it doesn't necessarily have to be a "bad" thing or an "indulgent" thing. But it does
need to be something that we will miss, and is important to us. So for children a favourite T.V. cartoon or a computer game might be a difficult (and good!) thing to give up.
Prayer for Fasting
A Children's Prayer for Lent
Lord, please show me what I should give up for Lent
And when I've given it up
Remind me to pray to You instead
To thank You
To love You
To hear from You
Each and every day in Lent
(a modern children's prayer for seeking God from www.lords-prayer-words.com)
An inspiring short film to watch as you fast and draw near to God during the Lenten season:-
Prayer on Ash Wednesday
Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have
made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent:
Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily
lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness,
may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives
and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever
Prayer for Lent
Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be
tempted by Satan: Come quickly to help us who are assaulted
by many temptations;
and, as you know the weaknesses of
each of us, let each one find you mighty to save;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
source: Book of Common Prayer, 1979 version, Protestant Episcopal Church in the USA.
Catholic Lenten Prayer
Almighty and Everlasting God,
You have given the human race
Jesus Christ our Savior as a model of humility.
He fulfilled Your Will by becoming Man
And giving His life on the Cross.
Help us to bear witness to You
By following His example of suffering
And make us worthy to share in His Resurrection.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son.