Lord God, prepare our hearts for this Holy Lenten Season. It is a preparatory period before Easter, the wonderful resurrection day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Lent is a season of soul-searching and repentance. Holy God, shine the light of the Holy Spirit within our hearts so that we may be cleansed of hidden faults and blatant sins.
Lent is a season for reflection and taking stock. Holy God, let us now look over our past year and examine how we displayed You to others and how we ministered to Your needs. Show us clearly our omissions and turn us around.
Lent season is a time of prayer and fasting. Holy God, let us watch and pray throughout this season. Let us fast and weep throughout this season. Let us fill the commands of Jesus to watch and pray always.
Lent is a season on recalling the Holy Life of Your Son and our Savior Jesus Christ. Holy God, let us read Your Word with hunger; let us celebrate Communion with acknowledgment of Your Presence; let us do the works that Jesus did, and yea, greater than these because He returned to You and gave to us the Holy Spirit.
Almighty God, forgive us if we have treated this season with disregard in the past.
Almighty God, forgive our pastors and churches and families if they have not taught us the holiness and the need for personal devotion through these days preceding Easter morning.
We ask, Almighty God, that we might please You and glorify You during this period You have set aside for us to draw closer to You and to serve Your Son, Jesus Christ always, in whose Name we pray. Amen
Day 1 (Ash Wednesday)
Scripture: John 1:3-5
3 Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In Him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
Application: All things were made by Christ. Amen? That means He fashioned you with His hands and breath. Did He make you less than perfect? Did He ask you to live with a handicap of being overweight or obese and settle for less than health? Did He form you to be heavier than the next creature He made? Did He cause you to put more weight on your body than what He designed?
No, we must not blame genetics, social standing, environmental disadvantages, or any other excuse that the world would offer us. He is perfect and His creations are perfect, but sin in this world has marred it.
Can we do something about inherent sin? Yes, we can learn to be more than conqueror’s in Christ Jesus. The Book of Proverbs clearly defines that gluttony or drunkards are one in the same sin. Excess to the detriment of the temple of God is sin.
In 1997 Americans spent $95 billion for alcoholic beverages. Think about that figure, but think also what must be spent on junk food, snacks, and that of no nutritional value for the body alone. What do you really spend on just chocolates, pop or coffee, while third world countries have children starve to death everyday? There are sins, like gluttony, that can be repented of. Repentance is not just an apology to our Maker, but to cease from the habit that binds us to this sin. Christ’s light shines in the darkness and exposes it.
Prayer: Lord God, today I will say the words, “I am a glutton and I have sinned against heaven and the temple of my body which You have created. I repent, O Lord, but I’m going to need Your divine help; I need to lean on Your strength to cease my ways. I am no longer handicapped. Lord, I am victorious from this day forth, in Your might and power, and no longer by my willpower alone. I give this former area of defeat to You, and I ask that You strengthen me to overcome, in Jesus’ name. Amen