Prayers for the 2nd Week in Lent (March 13-19, 2022)

bridge in forest of barren trees

The Watchword for the Week:  The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? Psalm 27:1

Incline your ear to the Lord. Listen that you may live.
Today let us seek after the Lord.
Let us put aside our busy lives for just this moment,
May we accept God’s grace in sufficient measure to share it with others.  

Psalm 27
God is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
God is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?
When evildoers assail me to devour my flesh—
my adversaries and foes— they shall stumble and fall.
Though an army encamp against me,
my heart shall not fear.
Though war rise up against me,
yet I will be confident.
One thing I asked of God, that will I seek after:
to live in the house of God all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of God, and to inquire in God’s temple.
For God will hide me in God’s shelter in the day of trouble;
God will conceal me under the cover of God’s tent;
God will set me high on a rock.
Now my head is lifted up above my enemies all around meand I will offer in God’s tent sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to God.
Hear, O God, when I cry aloud, be gracious to me and answer me!
“Come,” my heart says, “seek God’s face!”
Your face, O God, do I seek.
Do not hide your face from me.
Do not turn your servant away in anger,
you who have been my help.
Do not cast me off, do not forsake me,
   O God of my salvation!
If my father and mother forsake me,
God will take me up. Teach me your way, O God,
and lead me on a level path because of my enemies.
Do not give me up to the will of my adversaries,
   for false witnesses have risen against me,
and they are breathing out violence.
I believe that I shall see the goodness of God
in the land of the living.
Wait for God; be strong, let your heart take courage;
wait for God!

Confession of Sin
(Adapted from the Liturgy for Lent I in the Moravian Book of Worship.  Used with permission of the IBOC)

Lord Jesus, we come before you in humble confession. Help us conform our lives to you as the model for holy and righteous living.

Forgive us, Lord
From the sin of unbelief. (pause)
Forgive us, Lord
From all defilement of the body and spirit. (pause)
Forgive us, Lord
From all self-righteousness. (pause)
Forgive us, Lord
From every neglect of our duty. (pause)
Forgive us, Lord
From ingratitude and selfishness.
Forgive us, Lord
From lukewarmness. (pause)
Forgive us, Lord
From all indifference to your meritorious life and death. (pause) 

“Even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Joel 2:12-12
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. AMEN. 

Take time to read today’s Daily Texts. If you do not have a copy of the Daily Texts, you will find today’s texts posted in the margin on your page’s right side (at the bottom of the page if you are on a mobile phone). God speaks to us through the inspiration of scripture, so approach the opportunity to read the texts as a privilege, eagerly anticipating what might be conveyed to you today. How might today’s Word make a part of your life new again? When you have finished praying, continue as follows.

As you taught your disciples to pray, so we pray together:

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your Kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours.
Now and forever. Amen

Be a light unto our paths, gracious God.
Guide our steps, our hearts, and the decisions of our daily lives.
Christ, and him crucified,
Remain our confession of faith. Amen.