THURSDAY
Daily Lent Prayer
"Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth shall declare your praise."
Opening Prayer:
Father,
without you we can do nothing.
By your spirit help us to know what is right
and to be eager in doing your will.
We ask this through our Lord, Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

The Readings:  Esther C:12, 14-16, 23-25; Psalm 138:1-2, 2-3, 7-8; Matthew 7:7-12

Daily Meditation:
Help us to be eager in doing your will.
In today's lesson we learn more about prayer.
We are touched by the bold, full-hearted prayer of Esther.
We hear with a freshness how sincerely Jesus invites us to:
  ask and receive
  seek and find
  knock and find the door opened.

Dependence is not a virtue we ordinarily admire.
Today we grow in our sense that we need God's grace very much -
even to know what is right -
but certainly to fan our desires into a flame.

Lord, on the day I called for help,
you answered me.
Psalm 138

Today's Daily Reflection

Intercessions

Closing Prayer:
Lord,
Im not always eager to do your will.
Id often much rather do my own will.
Please be with me on this Lenten journey
and help me to remember
that your own spirit can guide me
in the right direction.
I want to fix my weaknesses
but the task seems overwhelming.
But I know that with your help,
anything can be done.
With a grateful heart,
I acknowledge your love
and know that without you,
I can do nothing.

May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.

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