The season of Lent is commonly known as a ’40 day fast’ in Christianity. If you already did not know, Lent is inspired by the story of Jesus, where He prayed and fasted for 40 days in the desert, resisting temptations from the devil by staying faithful and obedient to God (Matthew 1:1-11). Fasting during Lent can be physical fasting where we fast from our favorite food or material fasting where we fast from our usual go-to routines that might have inbuilt several bad habits. The Lenten season is usually a time for many of us to try to cut out the bad habits in our lives. However, I believe it is actually more beneficial to focus on creating new habits such as praying. And that is why this Lenten season, instead of focusing on the ‘don’ts’, let us focus on the ‘do’s’- daily lent prayer. After all, Lent is a season of reflection in prayers – how much of God we have understood and included in our lives.
Pope Francis once said, “Lent comes providentially to reawaken us, shake us from our lethargy.” I hope this Lent season will be a time of spiritual revival for us. As we are refreshed and renewed, may we also remember the triumph that Easter brings. Alongside our prayers for lent, let us also offer Prayers for Easter as we rejoice and celebrate the resurrection of Christ. Join me as we start our daily habit of prayer. Here are 15 Lent Prayers to help us begin.
1. A Lent Prayer to Desire God More
Here is a lent prayer for a heart that desires God more. In this prayer, let us seek to have a heart that pursues God and long to be closer to Him.
Dear God, help me live a life of faith that is devoted to You. I want to have a heart that pursues You before anything else. You said if we seek You with all our hearts, we will find You. I long to behold Your beauty and to know Your heart even more. Align my will with Yours and help me to keep Your commands. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Jeremiah 29:13 You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.
2. A Lent Prayer for Strength and Discipline
This Lenten prayer seeks God’s help to strengthen us and to guide us to live a life of discipline.
Lord, I pray for strength whenever I face difficulties. I lift each worry and burden to You because I know You care for me. Remind me that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. May I gain strength from doing things that bring You joy. I also pray to live a life of discipline. Teach me how to guard the minutes and hours You’ve entrusted to me so I can use my time wisely. I pray that the desires of my heart will be aligned with Yours so I can get rid of unhealthy habits. Thank You for being my strength, protection, and provider Lord. Amen.
Philippians 4:13 I am able to do all things through him who gives me strength.
3. A Prayer for Lent to Pray As A Family
This lent prayer is for us to find time to pray as a family. We will ask God to strengthen our bond and for every family member to develop a habit of prayer.
Dear Lord, thank You for the gift of family. We know that family is our first ministry, and we ask that You strengthen our relationship and bond. May You always be in our midst, and help us to prioritize You above all else such that we can always find time to pray together. I pray that joy and peace will always be present in our household as we prioritize our time with You. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Joshua 24:15b But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
4. A Daily Lent Prayer For Yourself
Here is a personal lent prayer for ourselves. Let us seek God to help us grow in faith and change and mold us into the best version of ourselves.
Dear God, help me grow in faith and grow deeper in my relationship with You. Change me, Lord, and help me be more obedient to You. Help me get rid of the habits that don’t glorify You and mold me to be the person You desire me to be. Thank You, Father. Amen.
Luke 17:5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”.
5. A Lenten Prayer to Overcome Temptations
We know that it can be hard to resist and flee from temptation if we rely solely on our willpower. This is our lent prayer to seek the Lord’s help in saying no to temptations and sins.
Lord, I want to live a life of obedience and faithfulness to You. Help me not to fall into temptation and sin. Forgive me for the times I have stumbled, but I want to change and live by Your way. Lord, You are merciful and I know that You will not let me be tempted beyond what I can bear. I pray that You would provide a way out for me whenever I face temptation and the courage to run away from it. Whenever temptation and sin knock, help me to focus instead on Your goodness and love so I can resist them. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
6. A Lent Prayer for A Renewed Heart and Spirit
As we long for a spiritual revival this Lenten season, let us humble ourselves before the Lord and ask Him to purify our hearts and renew our spirit.
Dear Lord, create a clean heart and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Purify me, Lord, so I can be worthy of Your calling. Help me to be more like You in words and deeds. I pray to be kind, gracious, loving, and forgiving as You are. I pray for a resilient spirit that holds on to You even during trials. Thank You, Father. Amen.
Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
7. A Lenten Prayer for Maundy Thursday
As we remember the story of Jesus washing His disciples’ feet during Maundy Thursday, let us pray to have a heart like Jesus, who valued service and humility.
Lord Jesus, thank You for showing us what servant leadership is through Your ways on earth. Thank you for teaching us to live in simplicity and humility. I pray to have a heart like Yours. I pray to put more importance on things that matter to You than things of this world. Guide me and lead me in Your ways. Amen.
John 13:34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.
8. A Lenten Prayer for Confession
Let us again humble ourselves before the Lord as we say this Lenten prayer of confession to ask for His forgiveness.
Dear Lord, you said in Your Word that if we confess our sins to You, You are faithful and just and will forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. I humble myself at Your feet. I acknowledge that I am a sinner, and I greatly need You. Forgive me for my disobedience and pride. I have not followed Your Word nor obeyed your commands faithfully. Change my heart, Lord, and cleanse me. Help me restore joy and renew a right spirit within me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
9. A Lenten Prayer of Reflection
As part of our Lenten reflections, let us lift this prayer to God so our will and ways would be aligned with His.
Dear God, Your will is always pleasing and perfect. I have many plans in my heart, but I know that You will still prevail. May my heart, mind, and spirit be aligned with Yours. I know that Your ways and thoughts are higher and better than mine. Help me examine my deeds and take a closer look at myself so I can change and improve. If I have habits that offend You, make them known to me, and please give me the courage and strength to get rid of them. So, help me, God. Thank You, Father. Amen.
Psalm 139:24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
10. A Lent Prayer for Fasting
Here is a prayer to seek the Lord’s help and guidance as we fast during the Lenten season. Let us pray that our hunger for the Lord will be greater than our hunger for food.
Lord, You’ve said that man cannot live on bread alone but on every word that comes from You. I pray for a resilient spirit as I fast. May my desire for You today far exceed my longing for food. I pray for my spiritual need to be greater than my physical needs. I pray to hear from You and have a fresh encounter with You as I fast. Thank You, Lord. Amen.
Joel 2:12 “Even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.”
11. A Lent Prayer of Thanksgiving for Blessings
We also want to thank God for the blessing and provision He has showered us as we do our Lenten reflections.
Dear Lord, You are our ultimate provider. You have filled our barns that overflowed. You never left us and did not forsake us in times of need. Thank you for the joy and peace you have put in my heart. I am grateful that my cup indeed overflows because of Your grace and love. I praise You, Lord. Amen.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 In everything give praise: for this is the purpose of God in Christ Jesus for you.
12. A Lenten Prayer to Overcome Anxieties and Worries
Here is a Lenten prayer to seek the Lord’s help as we battle our fears and anxieties.
Dear God, I lay down all my cares, worries, and fears at Your feet. I pray that You would calm my heart whenever anxiety overwhelms me. Teach me to be still and know that You are in control. I may not know what tomorrow holds, but You do. Help me put my complete trust in You and remember that Your will is always pleasing and perfect. Thank you for Your grace amid trials. May Your perfect peace guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus. Amen.
Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
13. A Lent Prayer for the Sick
Let us also include prayer for those who are sick and are battling diseases in our daily lent prayers.
Lord, I lift to You today those battling sickness and disease. I pray for Your divine healing to be upon them. I pray for Your comfort as they go through this trial and that You would ease their pain. Remind them that You will never leave nor forsake them and that You love them. I pray that You would turn their sorrow into joy and their illness into wellness. Help them recover well and renew their strength. I pray that they would put their hope and trust in You during this trying time. Thank You, God. Amen.
Jeremiah 33:6 Behold, I will bring to it health and healing, and I will heal them and reveal to them abundance of prosperity and security.
14. A Short Morning Lenten Prayer
Here is a morning Lenten prayer that we can include in our daily lent prayers as we start our day.
Dear Lord, thank you for a brand new morning. As another day of reflection begins, help me quiet my spirit and be sensitive to Your leading. I pray to hear from You today as I meditate on Your Word. Help me to walk in obedience and faith so that my life will be a reflection of You, Jesus. Thank You, Lord. Amen.
Psalm 143:8 Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for you, I entrust my life.
15. A Short Evening Lenten Prayer
We lift this evening prayer to the Lord to thank Him for guiding and guarding us throughout the day and for the reflections and lessons He taught us.
Dear God, thank You for another day that has passed. I am grateful for Your protection and provision and the lessons that You have taught me today. Thank you for allowing me to hear from You. I pray that You cover me again with Your peace and guard me as I sleep. I pray for a good night’s rest to wake up refreshed tomorrow. Thank You, Lord. Amen.
1 Peter 5:7 Putting all your troubles on him, for he takes care of you.