Lent prayer series - Ash Wednesday

 

Ash Wednesday 

If you are going to use a cross as a visual focus for Lent prayer, place it somewhere in your home where it is visible and crucial to your daily routine, such as in the kitchen or the living room. 

If you are using a cross you might also like to use some additional visuals/symbols as we go through Lent. The symbols will help you to focus on the story of Christ's coming, Passion, death and resurrection and meditate on Jesus' love and example as you worship Him and pray for others. However, you don't have to do this – the key to Lent prayers is doing as much (or as little) as you are able to do. If you have a home-made cross and symbols and pray every day that is fine. If you don't use a cross or symbols and pray once a week that is also fine. Please do what works for you.  

Today's symbol:   

A trumpet. Find or draw a picture of a trumpet and put it at the foot of your cross today. If you have children you may wish to use a toy trumpet or similar instrument. The trumpet represents the beginning of the forty days of preparation for marking the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  

 

Prayer activity: 

Think, or talk about, the people, situations and issues that you care about – think about your friends, family, neighbours, community, country, leaders and other nations. Consider individuals, groups or nations who are on your heart and mind because they are living in poverty, or facing grief or suffering, and especially think about those who don’t know about, or haven’t yet experienced, God’s love for them. 

Make a list, poster or pin-board of all these people, adding pictures or photos if you wish. Decide where you will put your list/poster/pin-board so you can come back to it throughout Lent, choosing one or two things to pray about each day or week, as you decide works best for you.  

Choose one or two things to pray about today. If you find it helpful to do so, write your prayers down on small pieces of paper and attach them to your cross.  

 

Prayer starter: 

Lord Jesus, as we remember that you left Heaven’s glory to find us, and bring us back to God, we pray that you would prepare our hearts once more to welcome you as King, and use us to help make straight your path for others too. 

 

Please look out for the next post on Sunday.