7 One-Word Prayers for Lent

Here are some suggestions for ways to walk the road with Jesus for the next 40 days.

Posted in , Feb 23, 2022

Pray a word for Lent

As the season of Lent begins, we will journey for the next 40 days, closer and closer to the profound and inexpressible horrors and beauties of Holy Week and Easter. For followers of Jesus around the world, this is a time to repent and remember, to ponder and pray. 

Many churches observe the Lenten season with special services and other observances. Some don’t. Whatever your traditions, make the weeks between now and Easter a special time of prayer. All it takes is one word. 

Many people choose a word for the year around New Year’s Day. The idea is to select a theme and pursue a specific attitude or action during the coming year. I’d like to propose something similar for Lent but with a difference: choose a single word to pray every day over the next 40 days. (You might try the popular Guideposts’ devotional, Pray a Word a DayLook for the e-book edition here.)

What word should you choose? That’s up to you, of course, but I’m happy to make some suggestions:

1)  Justice
“Let justice roll on like a river.” (Amos 5:24, NIV)

2)  Purify 
“Create in me a pure heart, O God.” (Psalm 51:10a, NIV)

3)  Renew 
“Renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10b, NIV)

4)  Hope
“That you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13, NIV)

5)  Cling
“I cling to you; your right hand upholds me.” (Psalm 63:8, NIV)

6)  Thanks
“Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:57, NKJV)

7)  Love
“The fruit of the Spirit is love.” (Galatians 5:22, NIV)

Of course, you may prefer to settle on a different word. You might even select several Bible verses relating to that word and meditate on them throughout these coming weeks. Or you might alternate the seven words above, a different one each day, all the way to Resurrection Sunday. 

Whatever you choose to do, may this Lenten season be a holy time as you walk the road to Calvary—and the empty tomb—with Jesus.

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