For many Christians, today marks the start of Lent. It’s a time to reflect on our earthly limitations and the great gift of Jesus Christ in our lives. Many devote this time to seeking reconciliation and ways to improve their lives according to God’s word.
Some might make an effort to give up bad habits, attitudes or even addictions. If you feel called to this, face it with courage and humility. Ask for God’s help every day.
Others might choose to add something to their lives, such as offering words of kindness and encouragement to others. Some may even begin to dedicate time to serving those in need.
Whatever your choice, set your mind and heart to open up more to God. Let him in, and let his Spirit work in you.
Audio message and prayer from Vincent:
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Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and put a new and right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from thy presence,
and take not thy holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of thy salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.
The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
PRAYER TO OPEN UP MORE TO GOD
O merciful Lord,
Today I stop for a moment, away from the noise & worry, just to be with you.
I want to open up and let down my guard, to let you see me as I am.
My wounds, my shame, my fragile soul, I want to give it all up to you.
Let me not be afraid, O Lord. Help me to trust you, for the truly humble find rest in your mercy.
May I begin to understand and accept my failures, and no matter what, I know you love me as I am.
Help me to hold nothing back. I give up myself up to you. Cleanse me, heal me. In your grace, I am set free.
Set me free in Christ. Set me free to love more.
In Jesus name I pray,