2016 LENT & HOLY WEEK PRAYER GUIDE
In light of our current series in the Letters of John, we have put together a 40-day prayer guide that will take you through 1 John. The book of 1 John is well-suited for a Lenten prayer focus, in that it invites us to examine the quality and depth of our communion with God, thereby exposing sin and reestablishing our relationship and assurance in Christ himself.
In this Lenten Prayer Guide, each day begins with a reading from 1 John for your meditation, followed by some questions for reflection or suggested points of prayer. A closing prayer is also supplied for each week.
In addition to the Lenten Prayer Devotional in 1 John, we have also included a Holy Week Prayer Guide that takes you through John 13-20. John’s Gospel is in many ways the foundation for John’s letters. The selected chapters focus on the final days of Jesus’ ministry, beginning with the Upper Room Discourse in John 13-17, and walking us through Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday. (For Holy Saturday, the devotion comes from Psalm 22).
The Holy Week guide is organized differently than the Lenten one, in that it involves reading larger portions of Scripture, and concludes each reading with a prayer of reflection.
These prayer devotionals are meant to be flexible in their use. Given the focus on deepening our personal relationship with God, they are designed primarily for personal use. But they can also be used for family devotions, in Home Groups or other small groups, and even corporate worship. You can also download them as a pdf, or pick up a printed version at the church building.
May the Living Word make himself known to you through his written Word this Lenten and Easter season, and may these guides be helpful as you seek to abide in Christ.