Lent Prayer Guide, week 2

About Lent: Lent is a season during which we remember the significance of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.   This guide is designed to be a guide for those who wish to wholeheartedly enter into the story behind Lent, just as Jesus’ disciples did.  You may have been following Jesus for decades.  You may have never set foot in a church.  At the foot of Christ’s cross, none of that matters.  All that matters is that God gave his only begotten Son to save the world.  To save this town.  To save you.

For the season of Lent, I’m going to pause my normal routine of summarizing and reflecting on the sermon, and offer this resource for guided prayer and scripture reading.  To use this guide, simply follow the instructions for each part, giving yourself enough time to absorb the content and enter in with your body, mind, and spirit.  

Week 2: Something Decisive Happened for Me

Silence

Close your eyes and take five deep breaths.  In this moment of silent time, let your daily concerns fade into the background of your mind.

Pray (Pray the following slowly, intentionally, and in silence)

God in heaven and in my life,

By your grace, you have guided and protected me.

I so often forget that you save me,

and instead I believe I can save myself.

I always end in failure of one kind or another.

Lead me as you always have, with your mercy;

Lead me to remember your guidance;

Lead me to repeat your love.

May your Spirit inspire the Church

and make us instruments of your

ongoing love and guidance.

Amen.

 

Read — (Read the following passages slowly, intentionally, and aloud)

Matthew 26: 30-35

Then they sang a hymn and went out to the Mount of Olives.  On the way, Jesus told them, “Tonight all of you will desert me. For the Scriptures say, ‘God will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’  But after I have been raised from the dead, I will go ahead of you to Galilee and meet you there.”  Peter declared, “Even if everyone else deserts you, I will never desert you.”  Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, Peter—this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny three times that you even know me.”  “No!” Peter insisted. “Even if I have to die with you, I will never deny you!” And all the other disciples vowed the same.

Isaiah 49:15

“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you.

Reflect (Reflect on the following in your own time, either silently, in writing or journaling, or in conversation with a trusted friend)

  • Matthew describes the deep bond of Jesus’ friendship with his followers, including their promises of loyalty. Have you ever made promises you could not keep, as Jesus’ followers did that night?  Bring them to God in this time of reflection.
  • God speaks through the prophet Isaiah and describes Himself as more loyal even than the mother of an infant. Take a few moments and imagine what that means in your daily life.

 

Read — (Read the following passages again, aloud)

Matthew 26: 30-35

30Then they sang a hymn and went out to the Mount of Olives.  31 On the way, Jesus told them, “Tonight all of you will desert me. For the Scriptures say,‘God will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’  32 But after I have been raised from the dead, I will go ahead of you to Galilee and meet you there.”  33 Peter declared, “Even if everyone else deserts you, I will never desert you.”  34 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, Peter—this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny three times that you even know me.”  35 “No!” Peter insisted. “Even if I have to die with you, I will never deny you!” And all the other disciples vowed the same.

Isaiah 49:15

“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you.

Pray — (Pray the following slowly, intentionally, and now aloud)

God in heaven and in my life,

By your grace, you have guided and protected me.

I so often forget that you save me,

and instead I believe I can save myself.

I always end in failure of one kind or another.

Lead me as you always have, with your mercy;

Lead me to remember your guidance;

Lead me to repeat your love.

May your Spirit inspire the Church

and make us instruments of your

ongoing love and guidance.

Amen.

 

Action

What can you do, this week, to repeatedly remember God’s grace in your life?


Many blessings,
MM

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