LENT 2021 

Time for Reflection and Preparation

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'As we continue our journey through this unfamiliar ‘lockdown territory’, we are making every effort to keep connected, keep worshiping the Lord and keeping hopeful.  Praying together helps maintain a spirit of unity whilst keeping God’s vision alive at New Life with our eyes on the future.

 

After using the account of Nehemiah and Ezra and the building project, to inspire our continuing prayer strategy for 2021, Ian would like to share some thoughts about the season of Lent as a time for reflection and preparation, which could be meaningful in these ‘COVID-19 conditions’.

 

This is a fixed 40 day period which has many Biblical connotations associated with hardship, trials, testing, judgments and equipping as preparation for God’s purposes.

 

As we are experiencing this global crisis and its effects on society, we can use this reflective season together to accomplish God’s good outcomes regarding New Life

 

You are invited to follow this weekly programme from Wednesday to Tuesday, excluding Sundays, with daily scriptures to meditate and focus on. 

 

It has been said that ‘a family that prays together, stays together.’ Let us strive to be such a family in these unprecedented circumstances.

 

May God bless our prayerful exploits for His Kingdom. 

 

Margaret Lloyd

Prayer co-ordinator

Week 1 Day 1
Feb 17th 

Week 1 Day 1
Wed Feb 17 

 Therefore, humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, so that at the proper time he may exalt you.

1 Peter 5:6

'We are committing this season of Lent to seek the Lord and hear his voice. Pray that our spiritual eyes and ears will be open to Walk in His Way, to Know His Truth and to Reflect his Life in the days ahead to be those ‘prayed for labourers’ in the harvest'

Week 1 Day 2
Thurs Feb 18

And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death - even death on a cross.

Philippians 2:8

'As we look to Jesus in his humanity, we are thankful that he chose obedience to his Father by serving us as a ‘humble servant’ in his death. Pray that with the help of the Holy Spirit we too will walk in humility as Jesus did so that we may serve each other and the purposes of God’s Kingdom here on earth.'

Week 1 Day 3
Fri Feb 19

So I turned to the Lord and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting and in sackcloth and ashes.

Daniel 9:3

'We are committing this season of Lent to seek the Lord and hear his voice. Pray that our spiritual eyes and ears will be open to Walk in His Way, to Know His Truth and to Reflect his Life in the days ahead to be those ‘prayed for labourers’ in the harvest'

Week 1 Day 4
Sat Feb 20 

 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me because he has anointed me  - to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion- to bestow upon them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair

Isaiah 61: 2-4

"As we see this prophecy fulfilled by Jesus in Luke’s Gospel, we put our hope in the anointing power of the Holy Spirit, believing that in our despairing state of grief and mourning over our nation God hears our prayers and is the God of all comfort, restoration and revival. We pray - come Lord and heal our Land."

Week 1 Day 5
Mon Feb 22

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me..

Galatians  2:20

'Today we are praising God for his gift of faith imparted to us to become recipients of his grace. In this mysterious exchange of his death for our life we, by faith we can live our lives in the likeness of Jesus as ‘I no longer live, but Christ lives in me’. Let us pray that our friends and family, and those within our spheres of influence will meet the Saviour we carry as his ‘vessels of clay’

Week 1 Day 6
Tues Feb 23

Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.

Mark: 12:30

'This is the answer to the question of what is the greatest commandment? We see LOVE at the centre of the Gospel message. Accompanied by FAITH and HOPE it is the greatest of gifts. During these days of Lent, as we draw closer to God, pray that we will discover more of the depth and height and breadth of that love, rejoicing that we can love God only because he first loved us perfectly through the sacrifice of his Son.'