Lenten Prayer

by Christine Sine
Legacy of prayer by Mary Sayler

Legacy of prayer by Mary Sayler

By Mary Harwell Sayler

Exodus 15:13: “In steadfast love, You have led the people You redeemed. In Your power, You will guide them to the holiness where You dwell.”


Oh, Lord, in Your love,

You have led us forth –


from slavery to freedom,

from woundedness to healing,

from defeat to victory,

from sorrow to joy.


Guide us again

with good leaders

and signs as clear to us

as a cloud by day

and a fire by night.


In Your strength, guide us

to the place where we can find

You, waiting –


a place where we cannot be


in what You appointed for us,



we have oh so much

to leave behind –


the fears,

the expectations,

the grudges,

the chaos,

the years of memories

of our doing things all wrong.


Help us, Lord, to let go

of the dross

as we cross over

into living free

and loving freely

in Your holy way.


Thoughts: What does God want me to let go of or leave behind? What stands in the way of God’s love for me – and mine of loving God and everyone around me? How do we get lodged in love? What will God’s dwelling place look like and feel like to me?

from Mary Harwell Sayler’s book: Praying with the Word on Love

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Shira Garnett March 21, 2016 - 6:55 am

Very solace!

Joy Lenton March 21, 2016 - 7:28 am

I love this beautiful poetic prayer. Thanks, Mary!

Lisa de Jong March 22, 2016 - 2:11 am

Wow. This poem is truly is God’s voice to me today. I wrote in my journal this morning, ‘The Lord will provide shade… over every home and all its public grounds, a canopy of smoke and cloud throughout the day, and clouds of fire at night, covering the glorious land, protecting it from daytime heat,and from rains and storms’ Isaiah 4:5-6. Your poem then went on to confirm the things in my heart, and in my life where I need to surrender. Every one of your words is so true to me and inspired by the God that loves each of us enough that He would guide your pen, to speak to my heart, and to the hearts of others who need the words that you write through the power of the Holy Spirit. Blessings. Lisa.

Deborah E. Nyamekye March 22, 2016 - 8:52 am

great for meditation

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