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A Prayer for Lent - Week 3

Our Father in Heaven,

We worship You, God of our salvation. You are holy and righteous and we bow with full understanding that apart from Jesus, the Door, we are without hope. It is a narrow way and a door revealed by grace and opened in faith. And so we stand amazed at Your mercy toward us, Your children. For it is by Your grace that we are saved through faith so we stand with open hands, grateful to receive from You what is Yours alone to give. We know, Jesus, that You alone are the way of salvation and we praise You for it. God, You have ransomed us from the futility of our old lives and ways with the precious blood of Christ and You raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory so that our faith and hope are in You. We are awestruck at Your magnificent gift!

We thank you that we now have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that He opened for us through the veil of His flesh. Because He is our great high priest, we draw near to You today, Father, to receive mercy and to find grace to help in our need. We are children privileged to belong to You and longing to see Your kingdom fully established. We know that the way is narrow and that the road is followed in holiness without which no one will see You, so we come with palms up, ready to receive from You and to do Your will.

We ask that You fill us with the knowledge of Your will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding so that we may walk in a manner worthy of You. We want to be pleasing to You. We want to bear fruit in every good work and know You more deeply and fully. Strengthen us with all power according to Your glorious might for all endurance and patience with joy. We thank You, Father, that You have qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light, that you have delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of Your beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. In great joy, we set our minds on things that are above, for we have died and our lives are hidden with Christ in You. Because all of Your promises are “Yes” and “Amen” in Christ, we can see them by faith as open doors to walk through. Fill us with faith to take You at Your word.

Because Jesus is the Door, we not only have access to Your throne, but we recognize that our security is in You. You are our stronghold and our refuge. In you we have both protection and plenty, safety and satisfaction. We thank You, Jesus, for being a door to our eternal rest from anxiety, fear, guilt, and lack. Forgive us for looking to other sources to meet our needs and quell our fears. We confess our weaknesses and frustrations to You and wholly cast our anxieties upon You because we believe You care for us. We confess our pride in choosing our own ways, believing them to be better than Your will, and we repent, trusting in You as our only help, the One who makes our path straight.

We ask You to open doors to us for Your word to go forth no matter who we are or what our gifts. We recognize that Your word is truth and that it is truth that sets people free. Open our mouths to declare the mystery of Christ in any situation. Let Your word go forth through us to open blind eyes that people around us may turn from darkness to light, from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are being sanctified in Christ. Walk them through the door of salvation, we pray. Open their hearts to understand Your word. We ask that You make us a people full of joy and life-giving hope. Give us a hunger for Your word, a never-ending desire for the nearness of Your presence, a soldier’s heart of obedience, a runner’s heart of endurance, and a lover’s heart of worship and devotion. Give us open arms of hospitality to our brothers and sisters in Christ as well as to those we don’t know. Strengthen our resolve to follow You in holiness and to make You known. Transform us into the image of Your Son – we long to be like Him. Make us peacemakers and grace-givers. Make us, Your people in Martinsburg, fruitful, grateful, fervent, joyful disciples.

We worship You, Jesus. You are the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. By You all things were created in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things were created through You and for You. You are before all things and in You all things hold together. You are the head of the body, the church. You are the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that in everything You are preeminent. For in You all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through You to reconcile to Yourself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of Your cross. We esteem You, Father, for sending Your Son to die and to be raised that we might die with Him and be saved. We thank You for the one narrow Way, the door of our salvation, Jesus Christ. A human heart cannot contain the worship and adoration You deserve, but we give to You what we have with gratitude and joy.

In the name of our Way, our Truth, and our Life we pray,
Amen.