At its root Lent is about prayer. It is a primary discipline encouraged during this time of preparation for Holy Week and the events that drove the culmination of Jesus’ ministry on earth. When asked by his disciples how to pray he told them in Matthew 6:9 to “pray in this manner.” It was always meant to be an outline, an example to be expanded upon. So with that in mind, this is what I will pray every day during Lent, especially on my way to work in the morning.
Our Father, who resides in heaven above, hallowed, honored, praised, respected, and glorified be your most holy name. May your kingdom, your rule, your power, your might, and your great majesty come into my life and be everywhere around me. May your will, your commands, your plan, your choices, and your prophecy be done, on earth, in my life, in the lives of my family, in the lives of those I work with and live with in my community, my town, my county, my state, in the United States, in North America, in all of the countries in the world throughout this day. Give us all our daily bread and all the resources we need so that we we lack nothing necessary to do your will in our lives today. Forgive us oh Lord our trespasses and debts as we forgive those who have trespassed against us and have debts to us. And where we fall short of that, oh merciful Lord, guide us, correct us, reform the hearts within us as a loving heavenly Father, so that we might repent and do better tomorrow. And Lead us not into temptation, into our areas of weakness, or into the temptations and assaults of the evil one and his minions. But deliver us from each and every evil we will encounter today, for yours oh Lord is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory, now and forever more. Amen.
This is my prayer today and every day. If you are so inclined, may it be yours also.