Ash Wednesday

1 Listen to my prayer, LORD!
   Because of your faithfulness,
   hear my requests for mercy!
   Because of your righteousness,
   answer me!
2 Please don’t bring your servant
to judgment,
   because no living thing is righteous before you.

3 The enemy is chasing me,
   crushing my life in the dirt,
      forcing me to live in the dark
         like those who’ve been dead forever.
4 My spirit is weak inside me—
   inside, my mind is numb.

5 I remember the days long past;
   I meditate on all your deeds;
   I contemplate your handiwork.
6 I stretch out my hands to you;
   my whole being is like dry dirt, thirsting for you.
(Psalm 143:1-6, CEB)

Lent is a time to reflect. My challenge this year is not just for a time of reflection and examination, but a time for action as well. There is a sense of “harassment” where we feel the enemy is chasing us. I hear from missionary friends who are facing fierce battles on the mission field. There are families in our church and our neighborhood battling tough times and crushing defeats.

I need my heart cleansed. I need my hands clean. Then… I need to get into the battlefield of prayer and lift these dear ones up before the Lord. Lent is not about me. It is about the Body of Christ as well. May we be humble before the Lord… and may we be humble warriors.

Hear our prayer, O Lord.