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Lent Prayers

The Meaning of Lent

Lent is the 40 day period in the Church calendar that begins on Ash Wednesday and finishes on Maundy Thursday. Because Easter is a movable feast, the dates vary from year to year.

Lent is really about denying yourself of something that you enjoy in order to be reminded that it's God that you depend on in life, that it's your heavenly Father that you most need in life - not Facebook or a favourite food! This is the real meaning of Lent. In this way Lent mirrors the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the wilderness. He voluntarily removed himself from the pleasures of life and company of people so that he could draw close to God, hear from Him, and prepare Himself for what was to come - an intense period of public ministry culminating in a gruesome death and extraordinary resurrection.

Further down this page is a prayer to say before receiving the ashes on Ash Wednesday, an inspiring daily prayer for Lent during 2021, and a modern Lenten prayer for young people to read in a church service or school assembly. There is also a short Children's prayer for lent, as well as some good Anglican and Catholic prayers for this season.

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A Prayer for Lent

This short film features an inspiring and challenging prayer for Lent, inviting the reader to draw back from the fast fixes of the western world and embrace the refreshing and everlasting goodness of God. (The words to this prayer are reproduced further down this page). Worth watching and sharing:-

download this film in HD at prayerscapes

Lent comes providentially to reawaken us, to shake us from our lethargy.

Pope Francis

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)

Lord Jesus,
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)

Children and Lent

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.

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)

Prayer for Fasting

An inspiring short film to watch as you fast and draw near to God during the Lenten season:-

Anglican Prayers for Lent

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 and forgiveness;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives
and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and 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.

More pages to help with the season of lent...

here are links to some wonderfully inspired prayers to aid your journey