SUPPORTING SCRIPTURE


This Scripture meditation, as part of our Lent study, aligns our focus on connecting with God as we journey through Lent. Dive into this one below!

Journey Through Lent, Day 19

You’re feeling overwhelmed by the world and its unreasonable demands, you’re tired, pressured.

At the same time, your heart is burdened with the suffering in your nation, your world, your neighborhood. You are kept up at night wondering where one can begin to heal the wounds that cut so deep into the heart of everything we know.

Living in such a broken, hurtful world, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. It also makes it so apparent how much we need God.

Fasting is a practice that has been used by ancient Israelites and early Christians as a way to realign their focus on God and his provision for them.

As we consider also setting aside distractions in our life for a time, let’s cry out to God, the One who meets every need:

Lamentations 3:21-22

21 Yet this I call to mind

and therefore I have hope:

22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,

for his compassions never fail.

What This Teaches Us about God

  • He is able to give us hope (v. 21)
  • He has great love for us (v. 22)
  • He will not let us be overcome by the circumstances (v. 22)
  • He is compassionate towards us (v. 22)

Prayers of Response

Father, I confess that lately, I’ve been overwhelmed and distracted by _________, and have lost sight of your mercy and love.

I praise you, Lord, because you have reminded me of your great love through _________.

Prayer Requests

Father, I pray for _________ (my family/friends/nation, etc.)—that you will have compassion on us, that you will heal us, that you will meet our every need.

God, _________ feels insurmountable. Please sustain me through this challenging time.

Prayers of Readiness

I pray for your hope to anchor me as I go through my day and deal with _________.

God, I will be taking a break from _________ to focus better on you and your love. Please refresh and strengthen me through this time.

 

Want to continue with us on this journey through Lent? Visit this page for other Scripture meditations, simple prayers, and more—all designed to guide you through your Lent journey!

Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. www.zondervan.com The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™