Prayers & Readings for Reflection — Week #14 (Lent 1)

Prayer #1 — Prayer for the 1st Sunday in Lent (BCP 218):

Almighty God, whose blessed Son was led by the Spirit to be tempted by Satan; Come quickly to help us who are assaulted by many temptations; and, as you know the weaknesses of each of us, let each one find you mighty to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Prayer #2 — (BCP):

Prayer #3 — “Come, Let Us Use the Grace Divine” (Charles Wesley):

1. Come, let us use the grace divine, and all with one accord, in a perpetual covenant join ourselves to Christ the Lord; Give up ourselves, thru Jesus’ power, his name to glorify; and promise, in this sacred hour, for God to live and die.

2. The covenant we this moment make be ever kept in mind; we will no more our God forsake, or cast these words behind. We never will throw off the fear of God who hears our vow; and if thou art well pleased to hear, come down and meet us now.

3. Thee, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, let all our hearts receive, present with thy celestial host the peaceful answer give; to each covenant the blood apply which takes our sins away, and register our names on high and keep us to that day!

Thanks to HymnSite.com for providing this public domain midi file and text.

Prayer #4 — “Depth of Mercy” (Charles Wesley):

1. Depth of mercy! Can there be mercy still reserved for me? Can my God his wrath forbear, me, the chief of sinners, spare?

2. I have long withstood his grace, long provoked him to his face, would not hearken to his calls, grieved him by a thousand falls.

3. I my Master have denied, I afresh have crucified, oft profaned his hallowed name, put him to an open shame.

4. There for me the Savior stands, shows his wounds and spreads his hands. God is love! I know, I feel; Jesus weeps and loves me still.

5. Now incline me to repent, let me now my sins lament, now my foul revolt deplore, weep, believe, and sin no more.

Thanks to HymnSite.com for providing this public domain midi file and text.



Reading #1 — John Wesley on “Satan’s Devices”:

 



Covenant Group Guidelines:

1. What was your devotional life like this week? How did God use the Scriptures in your life? What prayers or readings were significant for you?

2. When did you feel closest to Christ this week?

3. How did you fail Christ as his disciple this week?

4. What story could you share of growth and faithfulness in following Jesus?

5. How could we best pray for you regarding your walk with Christ as his faithful follower?

 

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