Lent reflections: Broken made new
Lent is a time to examine our lives. This Lent we draw our attention to God’s presence and grace, which offers us forgiveness and new life through Jesus. You are invited to embark on a journey of Bible readings and self-examination as we prepare for the triumph of Easter, where we are assured of the promise that our brokenness is made new.
The readings, thoughts and prayers below have been provided by Wesley Mission's Rev Jenny Ducker.
- Week one: 1 - 11 March
- Week two: 12 - 18 March
- Week three: 19 - 25 March
- Week four: 26 March - 1 April
Lent reflections: week one
1 March, Ash Wednesday
Joel 2:1-2, 12-17
With the promise of judgement also comes the promise of forgiveness—if we return to God with new hearts.
God, help us turn back to you with all our hearts.
Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7
How amazing is God’s plan? When we fall away from God’s desire for us, God is still willing to search for us and reshape the future so we can have a part in it!
God, help us as we journey together through Lent, that we will accept your forgiveness and turn to your way.
God’s kindness leads us from being broken to new hope, new future, new life.
God, give us strength to shout and sing of your power to save us.
2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10
“This is the day for you to be saved.”
God, we are your servants: may your power work in us.
5 March, the first Sunday in Lent
We can hold onto the promises in God’s Word.
God, help us to trust in and keep the promises within your Word.
God’s grace covers our shame. Our happiness comes from knowing we are forgiven.
God, thank you for your constant love and readiness to forgive.
We were created to live with God. And thanks to Jesus we have that opportunity.
God, help us to turn away from the things we do wrong and turn back to you.
God’s love and acceptance is waiting for us. The promise is in the Bible for everyone. All who call out to the Lord will be saved.
God, we put our faith in you and trust in your promises for us.
God gives us instruction through the Bible. God’s instruction is for our benefit, so we can live in God’s presence.
God, we pray we will be open to your guidance as we read your Word, the Bible.
James tells us not to give up when we are tested.
God, thank you for the encouragement we are given when faced with temptation.
Don’t be discouraged. We are not the first ones to be tempted. We are not the first ones to be forgiven!
God, we pray for our family and friends, that our faith may be for them a witness to your grace and faithfulness.
Lent reflections: week two
12 March, the second Sunday in Lent
“Only God’s Spirit can change you into a child of God.” Our new birth comes from the Word of a God who is on the move—blowing wherever it will.
God, open us to the wind of the Spirit as it blows in our world, calling us into an ever closer relationship with you.
The promises of God are kept faithfully. Through this Psalm we learn that God will always be our help. God is always alert and ready to act.
God, we praise and thank you for acting in us, and through us, and for us.
Abram and Sarai trusted God to be in places they did not know, to journey with them as they left their homeland, and to bless them as they followed faithfully where God led them.
God, you are calling us—open our ears to listen. Help us have the courage to trust you implicitly as we step out in faith.
If faith is what makes us acceptable to God, there is nothing we can do to earn God’s love. When we fully accept this, it can bring a wonderful freedom to us-we no longer have to strive to earn God’s favour because He loves us unconditionally already!
God, thank you for the love so freely given to us. May we have faith “as big as a mustard seed” to accept your love and live as your children.
Abraham lived so long ago that it is easy to think the promises made to him do not apply to us. Paul assures us that the promises are still relevant to us if we have faith.
God, thank you that the promises made to our ancestors in faith are timeless, and that we are a part of your family by adoption.
We all do things that separate us from God’s love. There are many things that tempt us to stop being faithful to Jesus.
God, guide us as we search through our lives to get rid of those things that distance us from your presence.
God deserves all our praise and worship. God’s love is for everyone, and we are the ones who are entrusted with the Good News of God’s love to share with others.
As we prepare for our time of community worship tomorrow, thank you, God, for the love that draws us closer to you, and that strengthens us to share your love with others.
Lent reflections: week three
19 March, the third Sunday in Lent
What barriers do we set up that exclude others from our lives? What barriers do we set up that deny God the joy of giving to us what He wants to give us?
God, open us to your generosity that we might follow Jesus’ example of crossing barriers and sharing your love with all people. May we be vessels that bring your love to those who are longing for it.
Worship is, in part, for our benefit. It serves to remind us who we are in relationship with God. Where (and even how) we worship does not matter so much as long as we regularly set time aside to worship the God of truth.
God, by your Holy Spirit lead our worship so that we will be able to worship you in the truth that Jesus talks about.
We often relate obedience to subservience or being dominated by another person. Yet Jesus claims that His obedience to God is what sustains Him.
God, help us change our attitude to obedience to you and lead us into joy as we serve you and one another.
The woman returned to her village with the invitation, “Come and see.” This simple invitation led to many people putting their faith in Jesus.
Thank You, God, for the people in our lives who have invited us to “come and see” Jesus.
When Moses struck the rock, there wasn’t just a trickle of water—the water poured forth. God’s abundance is amazing.
Thank You, God, for pouring your love and grace into our lives in abundance.
Telemarketing often uses the phrase, “But wait, there’s more!” And here Paul uses it. Not only has Jesus enabled us to experience God’s kindness and share in God’s glory, He has also saved us from God’s anger, made it possible for us to be at peace with God and saved us from our own sinfulness.
God, help us to understand more fully what Jesus has done for us and how awesome it is that we can live in your presence.
This Psalm serves to remind us not to repeat the mistakes of history—whether they are our mistakes or those made by others. Trust God. God delights in those who are obedient.
God, we long to put our trust more fully in you, learning from the mistakes we have made and growing more completely in your abundant love.
Lent reflections: week four
26 March, the fourth Sunday in Lent
What are the things that obscure our view of God’s glory? Where are we blinded in our relationship with God?
Lord Jesus, clear our eyes that we might see plainly the wonderful things God wants to show us. Help us to see where God is calling us to act in our community.
Sometimes we blind ourselves with rules that dictate what we can do, and when we can do it. Rules can be very helpful, but we must be careful that we are still prepared for God to do something new because God is never bound by our rules.
God, help us to examine the rules we impose on our lives, and on the lives of others. Help us discard those rules that do not fit with your plans for us.
Even if the entire world were to abandon us, we would not be alone. Jesus is always seeking us, welcoming us, and inviting us to follow Him.
Thank you, God, for the promise from Jesus that we will never be alone because He said, “I am with you always” (Matthew 28:20).
In this Psalm we are reminded that we can trust God to lead, protect, restore and provide for us. Trust involves reaching out—much as a blind person does when they need to be led—and giving over the control of where we are going.
God, strengthen our trust and faith, so that we may fulfil your plan for our lives.
God calls us out of the darkness and into the light. To the writer of Ephesians, light was like life—we are called into life with Jesus.
God, help us live as people of the light, shining with the presence of Jesus in our lives, so that others may be able to see Jesus through us and be brought into relationship with you.
1 Samuel 16:1-5
Samuel grieved that Saul was no longer in the Lord’s favour, but God’s reminder to him was to look ahead rather than always remembering the past. Our past shapes who we are now, but it is only by looking forward that we will become who God has created us to be.
As we look at our past, God, help us let go of memories and things that hold us back from fulfilling your plans for us. Give us strength and courage to live here and now in your loving presence.
1 Samuel 16:6-13
Overturning the normal order of things, Samuel anoints David, the youngest son. God’s perspective is different to ours.
God, open our eyes to see others as you see them, and to accept and love them as your chosen children.
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