lenten prayer

A Lenten Prayer: Pages From My Prayer Journal

I need to repent of my repentance;
I need my tears to be washed;
I have no robe to bring to cover my sins,
no loom to weave my own righteousness;
I am always standing clothed in filthy garments,
and by grace am always receiving change of raiment,
for thou dost always justify the ungodly.

~Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions, p.76*

 

In this I will glory. In this I revel: He became sin who knew no sin that we might become His righteousness. You did it all without me even lifting a finger so that I would never have the chance to steal Your glory. In my brokenness I cry out for mercy; You hear my voice and lift me on the Rock that is higher than I. You clothe me with Your Son’s righteousness.

Therefore I will rejoice even more in my state of helplessness, not because I desire to remain there, but because when I recognize that I am not, then I realize the beauty of the Great I AM.

Thank You, Jesus, for disrobing Yourself of heaven’s glory and taking on the frail nature of a human, the devastatingly humble role of a servant. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.

Such love! This is love: not that we loved God but that He loved us and gave His Son as  ransom for many. You love me recklessly. Thank You, precious Savior!lent change life

So then, what shall I say? Am I “too busy” to pause and reflect on the beautiful drama unfolding before me on the pages of Scripture? Will I read simply because it is my duty to do so? Far be it from me to sin against God is such a way! Love so amazing, so divine, demands my life, my time, my all; and I willingly give it as a love offering back to You.

Not because I have to. Not because I can ever repay You. Not because I wish to impress or earn favor. I give You everything as the spontaneous overflow of gratitude much like Mary washing Your feet with her tears, wiping them with her hair, anointing them with her most precious perfume.

Take my life and let it be consecrated Lord to Thee. Take my intellect and move every power as You choose. Take my heart it is Thy home–it shall be Thy royal throne. Take my time and make it Thine–it shall be no longer mine. (Frances Havergal)

Thank you, Jesus! All praise unto the Lamb who sits on the throne: honor and power, dominion and praise, unto the One who was and is and is to come. Worthy are You, oh Lord, to receive all my life and all my praise.

Your Turn

I wanted to share with you a few pages from my prayer journal (pictured above): real, raw, unedited. What have you been praying these days?

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