Prayers of Invocation for Lent

Sermon Illustrations on Lent

O Almighty God, whose Son entered not into glory, until first he suffered pain, grant that in these 40 days of Lent we may be found going in the way of the cross, and find it truly the way of life and of peace, through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Book of Common Prayer (Adapted)

Almighty God,

Your son fasted forty days in the wilderness,

and was tempted as we are but did not sin.

Give us grace to direct our lives 

in obedience to your Spirit,

that as you know our weakness,

so we may know your power to save;

through Jesus Christ our Redeemer,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

One God, now and forever. Amen.

Book of Common Worship, Westminster/John Knox Press, 1993.

O God, your mercy is infinite and in your will is our peace. We learn your way so slowly; we choose your will so reluctantly. In this season of learning the limit­lessness of your love, help us through the guidance of your Holy Spirit to learn the meaning of our Lord’s suf­fering and to choose his example of humility. Enable us to experience and to proclaim that you are mighty to save, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Covenant Book of Worship, Covenant Publications, 2003.