the burning sand shall become a pool,
and the thirsty ground springs of water;
the haunt of jackals shall become a swamp,
the grass shall become reeds and rushes.
Question- What changes are you making in your life?
Prayer- LORD, you can change any situation. Help me to see the things in my life that need to be transformed, and make me ready for the totality of transformation that comes when you are truly involved. Amen
The plans of the mind belong to mortals,
but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord.
All one’s ways may be pure in one’s own eyes,
but the Lord weighs the spirit.
Commit your work to the Lord,
and your plans will be established.
Question– Do I use the wisdom that God offers?
Prayer- Lord, I acknowledge that a special purity comes you and that I am merely a vessel that carries what you have given. Let me have the understanding to be able to put your spirit to work in me. In doing so, I can achieve the purity of heart that so eludes me. Amen
I call upon you, O LORD; come quickly to me;
give ear to my voice when I call to you.
Let my prayer be counted as incense before you,
and the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice
Question- Do I call upon the Lord and believe he will come?
Prayer- Lord, I call upon you this day with the faith that you will carry me through. I acknowledge you as my strength I times of trouble, my shield in times of danger and my deliverer in times of panic. Please be me this day and be my friend. Amen
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being.
Question- Do I trust that God has always been with me?
Prayer- LORD, your scripture says that your love for me has always been in your plans. Let that assurance lead me to live a life that honors you. Amen
All of us have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. But God treats us much better than we deserve, and because of Christ Jesus, he freely accepts us and sets us free from our sins. God sent Christ to be our sacrifice. Christ offered his life’s blood, so that by faith in him we could come to God.
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God.
Question – What can we learn from the way God accepts us?
Prayer – Lord, we are sinners saved by your grace. Your Grace is not dependent on our behavior but rests in your love for us. Help me to discover how to show forth that type of love to those around me. Let that be an avenue of Lenten preparation as I wait for you. Amen
Our God, you bless everyone
whose sins you forgive
and wipe away.
You bless them by saying,
“You told me your sins,
without trying to hide them,
and now I forgive you.”
You said to me,
“I will point out the road
that you should follow.
I will be your teacher
and watch over you.
Question-Have I examined myself today and brought my sins to you?
Prayer- Lord, you are indeed a God that forgives and restores. Today I come to you for restoration. The weight of my sin has robbed me of the joy that you created me to experience. I ask you forgiveness and guidance this and everyday of my life. Amen
“If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come!
Question—How do I avoid being a stumbling block?
Prayer – Lord, make me keenly aware of the little ones in my life
little ones whose faith is immature
little ones whose insight is not developed
little ones who need to be treated gently
little ones who are your first love
Guide me so I may be a rock of strength for them and not a hindrance as they move toward you. Amen