March 31 - Prayers for Lent

Gracious God, I hate this pain but You are God and I don't get a vote. I can't change it. I can't fix it. So, I turn it over to You for whatever purpose You have for it. Let's make this contract, regardless of my feelings, conform my heart to this contract through the power of Your Son, Jesus. It is all about Him. Amen

March 30 - Prayers for Lent

Lord Jesus, thank you for lifting the burdens of daily life from our tired bodies. At the cross, You took them in Your nail scarred hands and threw them to the wind. Thus, we can enjoy peace knowing that You care for us and are concerned about Your children. Amen

(On a side note, please lift a prayer of thanks for Philip Rhodes who writes these prayers.  He had a great report from his doctor regarding his red blood cell count!)

Weekend Prayers for Lent

March 26
Loving God,  let me feel Your love and get to know You deeply.  I want to welcome Your Son, when He returns, not as a stranger but as my friend with whom I have walked for so many good years and with whom I have spent so many hours in conversation with Him. Amen

March 27  (Psalm 63: 1-5 NIV)
0 God, You are my God, earnestly I seek You; my soul thirsts for You, my body longs for You, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
I have seen You in the sanctuary and beheld Your power and Your glory. Because Your love is better than life, my lips will glorify You.
I will praise You as long as I live, and in Your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise You.

March 25 - Prayers for Lent

Lord God, when I arrive before Your throne, I want a good lawyer. The very best lawyer that I know is Your Son, Jesus.  He never loses a case.  So right now, I ask Him to stand by me in all that I go through so that I can copy Him  in all that I do.  I ask this in Jesus' name.  Amen

March 23 - Prayers for Lent

Lord Jesus, when I woke up this morning to Your shinny sun, I went outside.  I looked up and said "Maybe, this is the day.  Maybe, this is the day when You will come again."  For this I have two prayers: First, that it will be real soon and Second, that I will be ready - as usual, I need Your help.  Amen

March 22 - Prayers for Lent

March 22 - Prayers for Lent
Worldly Jesus, You said that I am to love my enemies. That is hard to do.  Do You know how hard it is? Yes, You do, because You love those who rejected You like Judas Iscariot, Caesar, Pilate, Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, the Sanhedrin, and Herod.  Oh my.  I'll try but I need Your help.  Help me. Amen

March 21 - Prayers for Lent

March 21 - Prayers for Lent
Lord Jesus, many times I come to worship service on a gurney - in pain, bruised, bloody, dirty and broken. Then, when I see the cross I remember the pain that You withstood and I am reminded that I am Yours and Yours alone. You washed me white as snow. Then, I jump off the gurney and shout,  "Hurray for Jesus". Amen

March 19 & 20 - Prayers for Lent

March 19
Merciful Father, I come before You knowing that I am a sinner and that I don't deserve anything from You.  I also know that if I run to Jesus that He will run to me, hug me and forgive me.  So, from this moment on, You get my life, all of it. You can do with it what You wish.  I just want to be forgiven and loved. I am tired of doing it myself. Amen

March 20 (Psalm 139: 23-24 NIV)
Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.

(My apologies this didn't make it out before the weekend!  Had an exciting time with my son's Boy Scout Camporee.)

March 17 - Prayers for Lent: St. Patrick's Day

Caring Lord, when sorrow strikes and pain keeps us awake and troubles abound and the world has turned into humus, it is so good to know that You hear the splatter of our tears on Your lap. Then, You pat us softly on the head with Your nail scarred hands and say "I am always with you". And we feel better knowing that we are not alone. Amen

March 16 - Prayers for Lent

All Knowing Father,  quiet our souls, minds and hearts so that we may hear Your word of love that invades our souls, minds and hearts to long for more time with You.  Amen

March 15 Prayers for Lent

March 15
Forgiving Father,  come into my life as powerfully as You feel that I can stand it.   Awaken my soul to love You more dearly and care for others, even those that I do not like, with more compassion. You know that I can't do it alone; as always, elbow me so that I know that You are beside me. Amen

Prayers for Lent: March 11

Father God, when I was deep in sin, I turned to You and  in the quiet of Your presence, Your love overwhelmed my dirtiness.  Your amazing love deserves only one response and that is for me to earnestly repent and confess my sins and yearn to serve You more completely. Amen

Prayers For Lent: March 10

Jesus, my Lord, remind me where You found me with all the guilt, emptiness and meaningless of life. These things I despise.  Remind me also of Your unconditional love for me. Then, I will rejoice in my new on-going romance with You for You are truly a forgiving God. Amen

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