A Prayer For the Second Sunday in Lent.

by Christine Sine


This week’s challenge in the devotional A Journey Into Wholeness focuses on the hunger and the needs os so many around the world who suffer from deprivation. The prayer card has sat on an easel on my desk all week reminding me of this fact and as I is drawn into freedom there is also responsibility to those who lack the comforts I take for granted. The litany is also taken from the devotional.

A Litany for the Brokenness of Hunger

Blessed are you, God of the universe

Lover of justice and righteousness

Bringer of freedom and wholeness

We bow down before you, for your name is holy.

You care for the widow and the orphan

You grieve for the sick and the dying

Your compassion is stirred by the poor and the starving

We bow down before you, for your name is holy.

You are to us a forgiving God

Though you punish our misdeeds

You will have mercy on us when we repent

We bow down before you, for your name is holy.

Pause to remind yourself of the millions around the world who live in poverty

God, be with us

Before us to guide us

Behind us to protect us

Beside us to befriend us

Make us aware of your world.

God, be with us

Give us eyes that see the poor

Give us ears that hear their cries

Give us hearts that meet their needs

Make us aware of your world.

Read scripture passages for the day from the Daily Lectionary

Pause to remind yourself of times that you have been indifferent to the cries of the poor. What action can you take to change this?

Have mercy on us, son of the living God,

Draw us closer into intimacy with you,

Draw us deeper into a life at one with yours,

Draw us forward into the ways of God’s kingdom.


Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours. Now and forever. Amen.


God, you have set us free

Not free to do what we please

But free to love you with our whole heart gladly

Free to love our neighbors as we do ourselves.

God, we need to know your freedom

Free us from our selfishness

Free us from our indifference to the plight of the poor

Free us to love and serve you with all our being.

God, we want to live in your freedom

Free us to show compassion to all who are cast by the wayside

Free us to share generously so that others will not hunger or lack provision

Free us to live in love and mutual care.

God, you call us to freedom

Freedom to love you with our hearts and souls and minds

Freedom to love our neighbors as ourselves

God, may we enter the freedom of your kingdom today.

Pause to offer up your own prayers for those who face hunger around the world

Let God’s compassion bloom in us

Let God’s righteousness bear fruit

Let God’s generosity be harvested

May God’s life be born afresh in us

May God’s light shine in hidden places

May God’s love take root and grow



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