Lent – Morning Prayer

Silence & Centering (1-2 Minutes)

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him.
– Psalm 37:7
 

Opening Prayer

Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident. One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling – Psalm 27:3-5
 
Lord, help me this day to love You with all my heart and with all my soul, and with all my mind and with all my strength, for this is the first and greatest commandment, and then to love all others as myself. – Matthew 22:37-39
 

NT Reading and Prayer

Heavenly Father, grant me the Spirit of wisdom and knowledge that I may know You better. May the eyes of my heart understand the hope to which You have called me. May I experience Your mighty and powerful Spirit in my life this day. Guide me and direct me. Help me to surrender my life to You this day. (Based on Ephesians 1:17-20)
 

OT Reading (10 Commandments)

1. You shall have no other gods before Me.
Lord, help me to detach myself from all things outside of You that compete for my ultimate affection.
2. You shall not make for yourself an idol (i.e. another image for God).
Help me not to shape You according to my own fears and ideas, but to trust and follow you, like Abraham, into the unknown.
3. You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.
Enable me to represent You well in every conversation and interaction.
4. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
Prepare me that I may rest from all my works each day and set apart a day to put away all earthly anxieties to delight in You.
5. Honor your father and mother.
Help me to honor my parents appropriately. May I remember that the same way I treat them, I may be treated some day.
6. You shall not murder.
May my interactions today with others, and my words bring life and not death, edify and not tear down.
7. You shall not commit adultery.
Free me to live purely, rightly, and respectfully to myself and others.
8. You shall not steal.
Help me not to be greedy but to share joyfully with others.
9. You shall not give false witness.
Lord, help me to walk in the truth and to avoid false assumptions about other people and situations – not only in my own mind, but in my conversation with others.
10. You shall not covet.
May I love you above all else because “Your love is better than life.”
– Exodus 20:1-17
 

Prayer for Others/Yourself