Lent Devotional 2020


28. February 2020By Scotty Williams23 Minutes

(All Bible readings are taken from the Revised Common Lectionary, and all prayers are taken from the Creighton University Lenten prayer index.)

Thursday, February 27, 2020: Psalm 51; Jonah 3:1-10; Romans 1:1-7

Lord,
Let everything I do this day and in this season of Lent
come from you, be inspired by you.

I long to be closer to you.
Help me to remember that nothing is important in my life
unless it glorifies you in some way.

It’s so easy to get caught up in the day to day of my life and keep saying,
“Tomorrow, I will spend more time in prayer,”
but now my longing meets your love and I want to do it now.
Help me to rely on you for help.

The prayer asks you that I reach perfection.
Please, Lord, remind me that “perfection”
isn’t the crazy, “successful” way I try to live my life,
but a perfection of my most authentic, real self.
My “perfection” might be holding my many flaws in my open hands,
asking you to help me accept them.

Heal me, Lord, and help me to find you in the darkness of my life.
Let me reach out in this darkness and feel your hand and love there to guide me.

 

Friday, February 28, 2020: Psalm 51; Jonah 4:1-11; Romans 1:8-17

Lord,
I know how much you love me.
It’s hard for me to feel it sometimes,
but I know your love is always with me.

Help me to use your love as a way
to persevere in my Lenten intentions.
I am weak, but I know with your help,
I can use these small sacrifices in my life to draw closer to you.

 

Saturday, February 29, 2020: Psalm 51; Isaiah 58:1-12; Matthew 18:1-7

Loving creator,
I am not asking to overcome my weakness,
but to use it in some way to glorify you.

Let me be aware of
the many ways you reach out to help me today
and let me stand in awe of the power
that you use in such loving ways.

 

Sunday, March 1, 2020: Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7; Psalm 32; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11;

Lord God,
you who breathed the spirit of life within me.
Draw out of me the light and life you created.
Help me to find my way back to you.
Help me to use my life to reflect your glory
and to serve others
as your son Jesus did.

 

Monday, March 2, 2020: Psalm 32; 1 Kings 19:1-8; Hebrews 2:10-18

Loving God,
you call us back to you with all of our hearts.
I feel your call for me deep in my heart
and I know you want me back
as much as I want to return.
Please, Lord,
give me the wisdom to know how to return.
Make my journey back to you this Lent
one of grace, forgiveness and gentle love.

 

Tuesday, March 3, 2020: Psalm 32; Genesis 4:1-16; Hebrews 4:14-5:10

Father of my soul,
Mother of my heart,
I know your love for me is limitless beyond imagining.
You care for me as a loving parent.
Through my smallest Lenten sacrifices,
help me to become less selfish
and more aware of your ways.
Fan the flame of my desire
to draw ever closer to you.
Guide me to seek your love.

 

Wednesday, March 4, 2020: Psalm 32; Exodus 34:1-9, 27-28; Matthew 18:10-14

Dear Lord,
I know you receive what is in my heart.
Let me be inspired by your words
and by the actions of your son, Jesus.
Guide me to make sacrifices this Lent
in the spirit of self-denial
and with greater attention to you
and to those around me.
Help me to believe that you will grant me this
because of the sacrifice Jesus made for me.

 

Thursday, March 5, 2020: Psalm 121; Isaiah 51:1-3; 2 Timothy 1:3-7

Lord,
I’m not always eager to do your will.
I’d often much rather do my own will.
Please be with me on this Lenten journey
and help me to remember
that your own spirit can guide me
in the right direction.
I want to “fix” my weaknesses
but the task seems overwhelming.
But I know that with your help,
anything can be done.
With a grateful heart,
I acknowledge your love
and know that without you,
I can do nothing.

 

Friday, March 6, 2020: Psalm 121; Micah 7:18-20; Romans 3:21-31

Creator of my life,
renew me:bring me to new life in you.
Touch me and make me feel whole again.
Help me to see your love
in the passion, death and resurrection of your son.
Help me to observe Lent
in a way that allows me to celebrate that love.
Prepare me for these weeks of Lent
as I feel both deep sorrows for my sins
and your undying love for me.

 

Saturday, March 7, 2020: Psalm 121; Isaiah 51:4-8; Luke 7:1-10

Loving God,
Sometimes my heart
turns in every direction
except towards you.
Please help me
to turn my heart toward you,
to gaze upon you in trust
and to seek your kingdom with all of my heart.
Soften my hardened heart
so that I might love others
as a way to glorify and worship you.
Grant me this
with the ever-present guidance of your spirit.

 

Sunday, March 8, 2020: Genesis 12:1-4a; Psalm 12; Romans 4:1-5, 13-17; John 3:1-17

 

Monday, March 9, 2020: Psalm 128; Numbers 21:4-9; Hebrews 3:1-6

 

Tuesday, March 10, 2020: Psalm 128; Isaiah 65:17-25; Romans 4:6-13

 

Wednesday, March 11, 2020: Psalm 128; Ezekiel 36:22-32; John 7:53-8:11

 

Thursday, March 12, 2020: Psalm 95; Exodus 16:1-8; Colossians 1:15-23

 

Friday, March 13, 2020: Psalm 95; Exodus 16:9-21; Ephesians 2:11-22

 

Saturday, March 14, 2020: Psalm 95; Exodus 16:27-35; John 4:1-6

 

Sunday, March 15, 2020: Third Sunday in Lent

 

Monday, March 16, 2020: Psalm 81; Genesis 24:1-27; 2 John 1:1-13

 

Tuesday, March 17, 2020: Psalm 81; Genesis 29:1-14; 1 Corinthians 10:1-4

 

Wednesday, March 18, 2020: Psalm 81; Jeremiah 2:4-13; John 7:14-31, 37-39

 

Thursday, March 19, 2020: Psalm 23; 1 Samuel 15:10-21; Ephesians 4:25-32

 

Friday, March 20, 2020: Psalm 23; 1 Samuel 15:22-31; Ephesians 5:1-9

 

Saturday, March 21, 2020: Psalm 23; 1 Samuel 15:32-34; John 1:1-9

 

Sunday, March 22, 2020: Fourth Sunday in Lent

 

Monday, March 23, 2020: Psalm 146; Isaiah 59:9-19; Acts 9:1-20

 

Tuesday, March 24, 2020: Psalm 146; Isaiah 42:14-21; Colossians 1:9-14

 

Wednesday, March 25, 2020: Annunciation of the Lord

 

Wednesday, March 25, 2020: Psalm 146; Isaiah 60:17-22; Matthew 9:27-34

 

Thursday, March 26, 2020: Psalm 130; Ezekiel 1:1-3, 2:8-3:3; Revelation 10:1-11

 

Friday, March 27, 2020: Psalm 130; Ezekiel 33:10-16; Revelation 11:15-19

 

Saturday, March 28, 2020: Psalm 130; Ezekiel 36:8-15; Luke 24:44-53

 

Sunday, March 29, 2020: Fifth Sunday in Lent

 

Monday, March 30, 2020: Psalm 143; 1 Kings 17:17-24; Acts 20:7-12

 

Tuesday, March 31, 2020: Psalm 143; 2 Kings 4:18-37; Ephesians 2:1-10

 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020: Psalm 143; Jeremiah 32:1-9, 36-41; Matthew 22:23-33

 

Thursday, April 2, 2020: Psalm 31:9-16; 1 Samuel 16:11-13; Philippians 1:1-11

 

Friday, April 3, 2020: Psalm 31:9-16; Job 13:13-19; Philippians 1:21-30

 

Saturday, April 4, 2020: Psalm 31:9-16; Lamentations 3:55-66; Mark 10:32-34