Lent Prayer - 10 Prayers for the 2022 Lenten Season (2022)

This 40-day season of Lent isn’t one I always acknowledged, much less appreciated. (No shame if that's you, too!) It’s only been recently, as I’ve come to see the beauty and richness that come from intentionality in my faith, that I’ve chosen to focus my attention and energy on engaging fully in this Lenten season, especially in the area of prayer.

You might first think that Lent is just about giving up junk food or vowing yet again to create healthy habits in your life, but I’ve come to discover a much deeper (and more powerful) purpose behind this weeks leading up to Easter. I invite you to read on, and see if the Lord might be stirring in your own heart as this Lenten season begins. Perhaps these Lenten prayers will echo the prayers on your own heart, and perhaps this season will be one you come to appreciate in new ways, too.

I opened the devotional Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter this morning and read a quote that struck me:

“Lent is the season in which we ought to be surprised by joy. Our self-sacrifices serve no purpose unless, by laying aside this or that desire, we are able to focus on our heart’s deepest longing: unity with Christ. In him-- in his suffering and death, his resurrection and triumph, we find our truest joy.”

That, to me, is what Lent is all about. Being surprised by joy. Sacrificing our selves as we focus on greater intimacy and unity with Christ. Finding our truest joy in Jesus alone.

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Lent Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for the gift of this season. Thank you for knowing our hearts and our need for rhythms in our lives, and for drawing us into a deeper communion with you throughout the coming 40 days.

Lord, it can be disheartening to read on Ash Wednesday that all come from dust, and to dust all return (Ecclesiastes 3:20), yet we know that there is more to our stories. We know that you created man and woman from the dust at the very beginning of time (Genesis 2:7) and that you breathed life into them to transform them into living creatures. We know that you are in the business of resurrection-- your very Son went to the cross to show us that no death is final and that ultimate transformation comes through your gift of salvation. Though we were made from dust, and our bodies will return to dust again, we can live in eternal glory with you through the blood of your Son.

May we remember the gift of salvation in this season.

May these weeks leading up to the tragedy of Good Friday and the glory of Resurrection Sunday remind us of who you are, how you love us, and who you have created us to be as your followers.

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May we walk through this season intentionally, removing distractions that take our gaze away from your glory. May we quiet the noise that pulls us from adoration of you and puts our attention on lesser things. May we simplify where we have been stressed, may we surrender what has been burdensome, may we repent of what has been sinful, Lord Jesus.

May we see your goodness and your glory in new ways throughout this season of Lent. May we know the depths of your love for us more fully. May we feel the pain you endured for our sake, Jesus, and may we rejoice that you conquered every bit of evil when you rose to life again.

Draw us closer to your heart, that we might know you better and understand you more completely. We pray that we would not only give things up for Lent, but that we would give you glory through Lent, Lord. May our actions reflect our hearts, and may we worship you through all that we say and do throughout the weeks to come.

Jesus, the journey you took to the cross was full of betrayal, grief, torture, and darkness, yet your love for us, your people, propelled you onward. Help us to comprehend just how powerful that love is, that you would suffer such a cruel death to make a way for us to be with you in glory forever. What a gift, Jesus. What a gift.

May our praise never cease in this season. May our worship be unending. May our love for you find new depths. May this season bring new hope and new healing. May we journey toward the cross prayerfully and purposefully, even through the pain, our doubt, our questions, and our searching.

May we find resurrection life springing up from this old dusty ground, and may we be surprised by joy in all of it. May Easter be a day of complete celebration as we rejoice in our risen Savior and praise our gracious Father.

In you, we find the truest joy, Jesus.

Thank you, thank you, thank you. We praise you in all of it.

Hallelujah and amen.

A Prayer to Know God More

Oh Lord,

Please help me this day. Give me eyes to see how you are at work in every one of my circumstances. Lord, give me perseverance to increase my understanding of you. Give me a hunger to read your Word and to seek to know you more each day. Just as the dawn comes with its exact precision, help me to trust that You will also move in my life, in your perfect timing and in your beautiful way. In your name I pray, amen. by Tiffany Thibault

A Prayer to Place God First

Father,

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It is You who rides on the clouds and holds the reign on thunder and lightening. You, alone, sit over all of creation. Creator of the universe, everything and everyone in it, You have named each star and knit each heart. Your knowledge of every creature in creation is intricate, as only one’s creator could possess. Any idol I have set before You in my life, I pray to be revealed, knocked down, and crushed. So many priorities, people, and pursuits threaten to grab my attention and steal my time from You. But it’s You, and my time in Your presence, that fills me with exclusive joy! Make me aware of the off ramps I’m tempted to navigate; the shortcuts that detour and derail me from the life and light of Your presence. I sing to, and for You. You are my Author, Father, and Friend. There is no one or nothing I love more than You, God. Search my heart, and set it right (Psalm 139:23). Cleanse me from my hidden sin (Psalm 19:12). Restore and renew me this day, as I pray.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen. by Meg Bucher

Prayer to Walk Humbly Through Lent

Father,
In Micah 6:8 You say, “O people, the LORD has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” Today we choose to walk humbly with You. We choose to live by Your Holy Spirit and to follow Your lead. Help us to hear You clearly, for we do not want to walk by pride or self-sufficiency, we want to walk with You.

In Jesus name, Amen by Cally Logan

A Prayer For God to Bring Beauty From Ashes

Dear God,

In this season of Lent we’re reminded of our own difficulties and struggles. Sometimes the way has seemed too dark. Sometimes we feel like our lives have been marked by such grief and pain, we don’t see how our circumstance can ever change. But in the midst of our weakness, we ask that you would be strong on our behalf. Lord, rise up within us, let your Spirit shine out of every broken place we’ve walked through. Allow your power to be manifest through our own weakness, so that others will recognize it is You who is at work on our behalf. We ask that you would trade the ashes of our lives for the beauty of your Presence. Trade our mourning and grief for the oil of joy and gladness from your Spirit. Trade our despair for hope and praise. We choose to give you thanks today and believe that this season of darkness will fade away. Thank you that you are with us in whatever we face, and that you are greater than this trial. We know and recognize that you are Sovereign, we thank you for the victory that is ours because of Christ Jesus, and we are confident that you have good still in store for our future. We thank you that you are at work right now, trading our ashes for greater beauty. We praise you, for you make all things new.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen. by Debbie McDaniel

A Prayer for Maundy Thursday

Lord God,
You sent your Son into the world,
And before his hour had come,
He washed his disciples’ feet.
You had given all things into his hands.
He had come from you, and was going to you,
And what did he do?
He knelt down on the floor,
And washed his friends’ feet.
He was their teacher and their Lord,
Yet he washed their feet.
Lord God, help us learn from his example;
Help us to do as he has done for us.
The world will know we are his disciples
If we love one another.
Strengthen our hands and our wills for love
And for service.
Keep before our eyes the image of your Son,
Who, being God, became a Servant for our sake.
All glory be to him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
One God, now and forever.
Amen. byRachel Marie Stone

A Prayer for Good Friday

Dear God,

We remember today, the pain and suffering of the cross, and all that Jesus was willing to endure, so we could be set free. He paid the price, such a great sacrifice, to offer us the gift of eternal life.

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Help us never to take for granted this huge gift of love on our behalf. Help us to be reminded of the cost of it all. Forgive us for being too busy, or distracted by other things, for not fully recognizing what you freely given, what you have done for us.

Thank you Lord that by your wounds we are healed. Thank you that because of your huge sacrifice we can live free. Thank you that sin and death have been conquered, and that your Power is everlasting.

Thank you that we can say with great hope, “It is finished…” For we know what’s still to come. And death has lost its sting. We praise you for you are making all things new.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen. by Debbie McDaniel

An Easter Prayer of Celebration

Dear God,

Thank you that you make all things new. Thank you for the Victory and Power in your Name. Thank you that you hold the keys over death, and that by your might, Christ was raised from the grave, paving the way for us to live free. Thank you that you had plan, thank you that you made a way.

We praise you for your great strength, we praise you for your lavish love. We praise you for you are Conqueror, Victor, Redeemer, and Friend. We praise you that you alone are our Deliverer, you are Worthy, you are our everlasting Father, our great and awesome God.

We confess our need for you. We ask that you would renew our hearts, minds, and lives, for the days ahead. We pray for your spirit of refreshing to fill us again.

Keep your words of truth planted firmly within us, help us to keep focused on what is pure and right, give us the power to be obedient to your word. And when the enemy reminds us of where we have been, whispering his lies and hurling attacks our way, may he be reminded again of his future. For we have a future and a hope in you. We’ve been set free, redeemed, the old has lost its grip, the new has come.

Shine your light in us, through us, over us. May we make a difference in this world, for your glory and purposes. Set you way before us. May all your plans succeed. We may reflect your peace and hope to a world that so desperately needs your presence and healing.

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Thanks be to you God, for your indescribable gift!

To you be glory and honor, on this Resurrection Day, and forever.

In Jesus’ name, Amen. by Debbie McDaniel

A Prayer to Come to Jesus as You Are

Lord, Thank you that you are the one that can change me. Thank you that I do not have to change myself. Thank you for dying so that we could have life. Help us not to judge others in sin, but to treat them with love and compassion. Help us come to you just as we are: broken, imperfect, but fully alive and healed by the power of your blood on the cross. Thank you Jesus! The gospel is such good news. Help me live into that each day. Amen.

A Prayer to Be Brave Like Jesus

Dear God, Thank you for leaving us with the Bible, which is “God-breathed” (2 Timothy 3:16) directly by you. Thank you that we have countless stories to read in the Bible of Jesus being brave. Thank you for sending your Son, who lead the way as our greatest example of what it means to advance the Kingdom even if we are hated for it.

We ask that you would give us courage to step out in faith in what you’ve called us to do. We ask that you would encourage us along this journey of being a chosen disciple for you. We ask that when those around us question us or discourage us, that you would give us confidence in you. Remind us that our strength comes from you, and your “power is made perfect in our weakness, that when we are weak, we are made strong through you.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

We need you and can’t do this without you. Thank you that we don’t have to be strong because that’s your job. Our job is to rely on your strength to get us from one task to the next. We ask for your guidance and direction and thank you for everlasting provision.

In Jesus’ Name, Amenby Alisha Headley

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FAQs

What are your prayers this Lenten season? ›

“God, may Your light guide my day, and your spirit bring me peace. Amen.” “God, may my sacrifice of today of (state your Lenten sacrifice) remind me of my dependence on You for all the blessings I enjoy. Amen.”

Is there a prayer for Lent? ›

Almighty and ever living God, you invite us deeper into your world, your people, your Lent. May this time be one of outward focus; seeking you in those we often ignore.

Why is prayer important during Lent? ›

Prayer is one of the three pillars of Lent. Prayer is a way of communicating with God and growing in a relationship with him.

What special prayers and practices are associated with Lent? ›

Three traditional practices to be taken up with renewed vigour during Lent; these are known as the three pillars of Lent: prayer (justice towards God) fasting (justice towards self) almsgiving (justice towards neighbours)

How do you prepare yourself spiritually during Lenten season? ›

Traditionally, Catholics spiritually prepare during Lent through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. We can do all three (pray, fast, and give alms), two of these, or just one.

What are some ways that Christians will prayer during Lent? ›

I pray many different ways during this time of preparation, and most of them are quite fun.
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How do you pray the general prayer? ›

Dear Lord, Help me remember what a difference it makes when I make time with You a priority in my morning. Awaken me in body and spirit each day with a desire to meet with You and to hear You speak words of affirmation, assurance, and wisdom over my heart as I prepare to go into my day. In Jesus' name, Amen.

What should I read during Lent? ›

The need for proper repentance. Israel of the Old Testament as the model of the New Testament Church. Israel's exodus from Egypt to the Holy Land as the model of the Christian journey out of sin into the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus Christ as the eternal high priest.

What is the deepest meaning of Lenten season? ›

Lent is a time of repentance. It is a time for us to be reminded that sin separates us from God. The season of Lent is a time for you and I to reflect on Christ's sacrifice on the cross. To think about the true meaning of that sacrifice. What it means to us in the here and now, as well as, in our eternity.

What are the 3 things of Lent? ›

To help keep us on track, the church offers us three pillars to focus our efforts around: prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

How will you show your love to God in the Lenten season? ›

Fast- The most common and recognized way to celebrate Lent is to give up something special to you, like watching TV or eating chocolate, during the season. In this way, many Christians feel that they are making a tangible sacrifice to reflect on the depth of the sacrifice Christ made for us.

What should we do during Lenten season? ›

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  • Practice Acts of Kindness to your Family and Friends. ...
  • Pray the Holy Rosary an Hour a Day. ...
  • Take Time to Read the Bible Instead. ...
  • Don't Eat after Dinner. ...
  • Avoid Eating Out for 40 Days. ...
  • Reduce Sweets or Alcohol. ...
  • Love Your Body by Sleeping Early and Exercising Regularly.
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What is a good short prayers? ›

Help me honor you in all my ways. In Jesus' Name, Amen.” “Dear God, please give me strength when I am weak, love when I feel forsaken, courage when I am afraid, wisdom when I feel foolish, comfort when I am alone, hope when I feel rejected, and peace when I am in turmoil. Amen.”

What is a good prayer to say everyday? ›

I come before you, oh Lord, and drink in this moment of peace, that I may carry something of your hope, love, and joy today in my heart. Lord, grant me tenacious winsome courage as I go through this day. When I am tempted to give up, help me to keep going. Grant me a cheerful spirit when things don't go my way.

What is the best prayer to God? ›

Loving God, I pray that you will comfort me in my suffering, lend skill to the hands of my healers, and bless the means used for my cure. Give me such confidence in the power of your grace, that even when I am afraid, I may put my whole trust in you; through our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

What is the first reading of Lent? ›

Be with me, Lord, when I am in trouble.

No evil shall befall you, nor shall affliction come near your tent, For to his angels he has given command about you, that they guard you in all your ways.

What does Bible say about Lent? ›

Today, Lent is connected with the 40-day fast that Jesus undergoes (Mark 1:13; Matthew 4:1–11; Luke 4:1–13). Mark tells us that Jesus was tempted by Satan, but it is in Matthew and Luke that the details of the temptation are fleshed out. All three accounts say that Jesus went without food for the 40 days.

What does Lent represent in the Bible? ›

Lent is a period of 40 days during which Christians remember the events leading up to and including the death of Jesus Christ, whose life and teachings are the foundation of Christianity. The 40-day period is called Lent after an old English word meaning 'lengthen'.

What is the color of Lenten season? ›

Purple. Worn during Lent or the Advent, purple represents penance, preparation, and sacrifice. It is also worn at funerals because of its connection to mourning. Purple vestments are donned to remind the funeral-goers to pray for the penance and absolution of the departed.

Why is it called Lent? ›

This is in preparation for the spring celebration of Easter, a religious holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. The word “Lent” has Germanic roots referring to the “lengthening” of days, or springtime.

What are the 4 themes of Lent? ›

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  • Lent 3 (Annunciation Sunday): God speaks, God calls us, God is with us. ...
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  • Lent 5: Waiting, anxiety, trust.

What are the two mottos of Lent? ›

"God never tires of forgiving us; we are the ones who tire of seeking his mercy." "Nothing great is ever achieved without much enduring. "Apart from the cross, there is no other ladder by which we may go to heaven." "Unless there is Good Friday in your life, there can be no Easter Sunday."

What are the 4 main days of Lent? ›

Holy Week: Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter. The final week of Lent in Western Christianity is known as Holy Week. It begins on Palm Sunday (in 2022 on April 10), the day that commemorates Jesus' entry into Jerusalem, in which the path traveled was strewn with palm branches, according to the Gospel.

How can you make your Lenten journey meaningful? ›

Ways to have a meaningful Lenten Season with your family!
  1. Commit to a time of prayer. ...
  2. Read a Bible passage and reflect on it. ...
  3. Listen to worship and inspirational songs on your playlist. ...
  4. Find ways to serve. ...
  5. Reduce or eliminate food or screen times. ...
  6. Make a gratitude list. ...
  7. Have a simple celebration of the Easter at home.

What can you not do during Lent? ›

Also, on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and all Fridays during Lent, adult Catholics over the age of 14 abstain from eating meat. During these days, it is not acceptable to eat lamb, chicken, beef, pork, ham, deer and most other meats. However, eggs, milk, fish, grains, and fruits and vegetables are all allowed.

What is recited during Lenten season by Catholic devotees? ›

According to the new version, the Lord's Prayer should be recited as follows: “Our Father who art in heaven hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

What is Lenten season all about? ›

Lent is the season of the church year that follows the Epiphany Season. It is a time we set aside each year to remember the love of God that is poured out through Christ Jesus on the cross in His death; and His defeat of death, sin and Satan in Christ's death and resurrection that brings Eternal Life to you.

What should I read during Lent? ›

The need for proper repentance. Israel of the Old Testament as the model of the New Testament Church. Israel's exodus from Egypt to the Holy Land as the model of the Christian journey out of sin into the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus Christ as the eternal high priest.

How do you pray the general prayer? ›

Dear Lord, Help me remember what a difference it makes when I make time with You a priority in my morning. Awaken me in body and spirit each day with a desire to meet with You and to hear You speak words of affirmation, assurance, and wisdom over my heart as I prepare to go into my day. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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