Lenten Prayer Journal + 2018
The Holy Spirit nudges us, awakening our awareness if we listen. You are invited to use the below journal prompts as a daily meditation during the season of Lent. These points can help guide your journey:
+ Ruth Lee
Daily Journal Prompts
Wednesday, February 14 - Ash Wednesday
Joel 2:1-2, 12-17
The Israelites were called to fast, but God wasn’t looking for just outward appearances. God wanted their hearts to be turned.
Write about where God may be calling for your heart to change.
As the hymn in our worship book (ELW 801) says:
Change my heart O God, make it ever true
Change my heart O God, may I be like you.
Help me O God–to examine my own heart, mind and life.
Help me to love others as you love me
Help me to align my behavior and decisions
with your self-giving love and grace.
In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
~ Pastor Red Burchfield
Thursday, February 15
Pieces of our Lutheran liturgy come directly from scripture,
such as verses 10-12 “Create in Me a Clean Heart”.
Try writing your own offertory or piece of liturgy.
Lord, you know my heart.
I bring no words, no petitions with me right now.
Just a moment to be still and commune with you in gratitude and love.
Search my heart and cleanse it.
Show me a better way—so that I may help someone else who is struggling.
May all my senses absorb and celebrate your beautiful creation.
~ Norma Aamodt-Nelson
Friday, February 16
2 Corinthians 5:2-b-6:10
What catches your attention?
Write about it in an email to a friend.
My Lord God, Hallowed be Your Name! Thank You that Your love is always the first and last Word in all that we do. We remember that Your Son Jesus died for all of us, giving us a whole new life and a fresh start. His great love and His sacrifice persuades us to do this Holy Work of making things right among us. This is the right time to do this! We pray that we can accomplish this, in the Name of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Amen.
~ Ingrid Huff
Saturday, February 17
Mark 6:1-6, 16-21
The hometown people recognized the external Jesus but they
couldn’t accept him in a position of wisdom and leadership much
less as Messiah. In your written prayer lift up a current need for
visionaries to guide the way toward healing and change.
When Jesus returned to Nazareth and began preaching, all were amazed at first—but then in the next breath they couldn’t accept that someone so common, so known to them, could actually deliver a message of salvation and healing.
Jesus couldn’t perform miracles for them because of their unbelief, and was amazed that they couldn’t get past his commonality. How many people around us convey that message of salvation, healing and grace every day? Do we ignore them, reject their message because they are too common, too known? Are we missing out on Jesus’ miracles because of our unbelief?
Perhaps we need to listen more closely, hear God’s message delivered in the places we least expect it, by the people who seem too common.
Oh Holy One, open the minds of your followers to hear your word, our souls to accept it, and guide our words and actions to reflect it.
~ Lynn Landers
Sunday, February 18 - First Sunday of Lent
The rainbow is a reminder of God’s covenant with us and every living thing. Take the time to be aware of all the life that is around you.
Use your written prayer to invite God’s help to stay mindful.
Still, we gaze at all that surrounds us, looking up to see your wondrous glory in the skies, and down, to examine even the ground on which we stand. It is all more than we can comprehend, all so much bigger than ourselves. In the rainbow and clouds; in the hummingbirds, the trees, and the mountains; even in the puddles at our feet, we sense your majesty and yet the nearness of your presence. We take comfort in your promise, that in the vastness and complexities of our world, you are with us.
~ Debbie Jeske
Monday, February 19
Being human we follow our own ways, yet God is the ultimate teacher, loving and caring, and available to guide usExplore what different path God may be indicating or instructing in this season.
Lord, I lift up my life to you and trust you to teach and guide me to make the right choices and decision, even as I struggle with my strong-will and independent nature. If I’m humble and open, you will show me the right ways with your steady love and faithfulness.