MEDITATE: Romans 3:23
PRAY: Lord, I am not my own. I am a sinner and I have fallen short of your glory, yet you
became a man to die on a cross in my place. Thank you for loving me that much, Jesus! In this
season, may I be crucified with Christ so I can truly live.
REFLECT: How am I conforming to culture? What would it look like to follow the way of Jesus
MEDITATE: Psalm 118:25-26
PRAY: Lord, help me to dive into this season of Lent with intentionality and purpose. I want to
know you better, love you more fully, and accept your grace more readily. Draw me closer to
you, day by day.
REFLECT: What is the most meaningful part of this Lenten season for you? What will you
MEDITATE: 1 Samuel 15:22
PRAY: Lord, I pray that I wouldn’t make Lent about myself this year, but instead about your
great love for me through your sacrifice of Jesus. May I focus on your love above all else– thank
you, Jesus, for giving your life for mine.
REFLECT: Where am I focusing my attention?
MEDITATE: Matthew 4:1-2
PRAY: Jesus, help me to set aside time for worship and reflection in this season of Lent. Help
me draw nearer to you and understand you more deeply. May I receive the overwhelming
graces you have to offer me, today and every day.
REFLECT: How can I honor the sacrifice of Jesus through my life?
DAY 5: SUNDAY
MEDITATE: Mark 1:12-13
PRAY: Jesus, focus my heart and my mind on what you endured for me. Everything you did, you
did for the salvation of all mankind– I am eternally grateful. I am in awe of you, Lord. Thank you
for the cross.
REFLECT: How can I be more cognizant of the cross today?
MEDITATE: Matthew 6:1
PRAY: Lord, may I be gracious toward all who choose to observe Lent, and all those who don’t.
May I be cautious in how I share about my Lenten practices this month, avoiding hypocrisy and
choosing to love my neighbors above all else.
REFLECT: Why am I sharing this thought or desire in this season of Lent?
MEDITATE: Philippians 3:10-11
PRAY: Lord, in these next 40 days, help me to focus on you above all else. Show me how I can
be your hands and feet in my community– may I live out my faith in this season in new ways
that give you glory.
REFLECT: What can I do this Lenten season to focus on Christ?
MEDITATE: Luke 13:3
PRAY: God, thank you for not expecting perfection from me. You know I make mistakes, and
that’s why you sent Jesus to save me from all my sins. Here I am, Lord, trying again, despite all
the times I have fallen short. Thank you for your grace.
REFLECT: When and why have I been tempted to “give up” on Lent? How can I try again?
MEDITATE: 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
PRAY: I’m sorry Jesus if I’ve let you down. It was the least I could do to give up a menial thing.
But today I feel a renewed sense of grace that’s been missing from my heart for a while. Thank
REFLECT: How can I renew my commitment today to daily approach the throne of grace and
humbly receive forgiveness, awareness, assurance, and words of encouragement and direction?
MEDITATE: Psalm 35:13
PRAY: Lord, as I fast over these few weeks, may it be less about selfish gain and more about
selfless worship. Help me to shift my focus away from myself and more toward you, Jesus.
READ: What Evangelicals Need to Know about Fasting for Lent by Ryan Duncan
REFLECT: What are you choosing to fast from? How is fasting helping you focus on Jesus?
DAY 12: SUNDAY
MEDITATE: Psalm 42:1
PRAY: God, shine a light on the areas of my life where I have selfish motives that draw my
attention away from you. Strengthen me as I fast from those things and instead prioritize you.
REFLECT: Do you need a fresh infusion of grace? Do you want to realize more of God’s Spirit?
Do you want to feel more joy?
MEDITATE: Colossians 3:1-5a
PRAY: Lord, help me to fight against my sin with your strength. I know that I have already been
accepted in Christ, and that one day I will be fully conformed to your glorious image once and
for all. Thank you that real change is possible today in you
REFLECT: In what areas of my life am I most tempted to sin? How can I actively fight against
MEDITATE: 2 Corinthians 5:17
PRAY: Lord, do your resurrection work in me. Transform my heart and my life into one that
gives you glory and praise in every way. Pull me deeper and bring me closer to your heart.
REFLECT: Why is it important for you to observe Lent rather than just go straight to celebrating
MEDITATE: Mark 7:7-9
PRAY: Lord, open my eyes to new ways that I can remove distractions from my life in order to
see and know you better. Help me to be creative in the choices I make, as I seek to discover
more of who you are without anything in the way.
REFLECT: What unusual ways could you consider shaking things up in your faith?
MEDITATE: Matthew 6:16
PRAY: Lord, remind me of my frailty and continual need for grace. I rejoice that my appetite for
sin has been forgiven and will one day be erased! I want to focus on you through all fasting in
this season and beyond.
REFLECT: How can you give God glory in this season, whether you eat or fast?
MEDITATE: Colossians 1:27
PRAY: Lord, I pray that focusing on contentment with who you designed me to be for forty days
would help me to relish in the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection more. He died so that I could
have a full and abundant life, not so that I could hide and cower. I pray that I realize more than I
do now that Jesus is in the Father, I am in Christ, and Christ is in me
REFLECT: How are you finding contentment in Christ in this season?
DAY 19: SUNDAY
MEDITATE: John 20:17
PRAY: Lord, help me to have a world view that is big enough to include all that the resurrection
means, for me, for the church, and for mankind everywhere, for all time. Thank you that the
resurrection is not just a personal reality, but a cosmic reality.
REFLECT: How do you see the resurrection playing out in your life and on a broader scale?
MEDITATE: Acts 10:2
PRAY: Lord, I want to celebrate this season with my whole family. Show me ways we can draw
near to you together this year in worship and adoration, as well as celebration and joy.
REFLECT: How can we celebrate this season as a family? How can I engage my family members
in new ways this year?
MEDITATE: Romans 5:8
PRAY: Redeemer, Lamb of God, he is worthy. Thank you for the Cross, Lord.
REFLECT: How does the cross affect your life, your hurt, your sin, your debt?
MEDITATE: John 3:16 PRAY: Lord, you are true to your word. You have always been faithful,
and you will continue to be faithful. Thank you for fulfilling every promise you made. You are
trustworthy and good.
REFLECT: What does it mean for us today that these prophecies were fulfilled by Christ?
MEDITATE: Mark 15:3
PRAY: Jesus, you were scorned, beaten, mocked, and crucified for our sake. We cannot thank
you enough for enduring such cruelty for the sake of our salvation. You are God’s first begotten
Son, the greatest sacrifice, our Savior and Redeemer. We praise you and thank you with all we
REFLECT: Think about what it means for you that Jesus is the Son of God.
MEDITATE: Psalm 110:1, Daniel 7:13
PRAY: Jesus, we pray that you would open our hearts and minds to understand more of the
cultural and historical contexts of your life, your death, and your resurrection. Help us to gain
greater understanding as we look at what it all meant for the world then and now.
REFLECT: Consider the ways Jesus was challenging the leaders of the time. Consider the political
and social consequences of his claims and consider how his death and resurrection changed the
DAY 26: SUNDAY
MEDITATE: Romans 10:6-7
PRAY: Jesus, help me to not fear death, for I know that you have gone ahead and made a way
for me into eternal life. I choose today to accept again your great gift of life eternal in heaven
with you and pray that you would give me confidence for every step of my journey until then.
REFLECT: What does the death and resurrection of Jesus mean for your own eternity?
MEDITATE: Micah 7:8
PRAY: Lord, in the dark seasons of my life, shine your light. When I am doubting, remind me of
who you are. When I am weary, bring me peace. When I am restless, may I find my rest in you.
You are the victory– hallelujah!
REFLECT: How have you seen Christ meet you in your dark days?
MEDITATE: Acts 4:33
PRAY: Jesus, I don’t want to forget about Easter once the calendar changes. Help me to keep
the cross in mind daily — it changes everything, and I never want to forget the life-changing and
beautiful impact of salvation in my life and in our world.
REFLECT: Brainstorm ways you can keep celebrating the spirit of Easter after Resurrection
MEDITATE: 1 Corinthians 15:55
PRAY: Jesus, I believe you are the one true Savior. I believe you conquered death to bring us
into eternal life with you. In the times when I am tempted to doubt that you truly died and rose
again, remind me of your truth.
REFLECT: What confirms for you that Christ is the Risen Lord?
MEDITATE: John 20:11-18
PRAY: Jesus, your resurrection power is mightier than we could ever imagine. I am so thankful
that resurrection changes everything about the world around me– you are with us now and
REFLECT: How does the resurrection change your outlook on your circumstances?
MEDITATE: John 13
PRAY: Lord, I want to follow you. I want to do what you did, love like you loved. Help me to see
opportunities to love the people around me well, to serve other, and to be gracious unto them.
REFLECT: How do others around you know that you are a follower of Christ?
DAY 33: SUNDAY
MEDITATE: Zechariah 9:9
PRAY: Lord, thank you for the deeper meaning of this day. Thank you that bunnies and colorful
eggs are not all that this Easter is about– thank you that it’s all about so much more. Help us to
shift our eyes from what the world says to celebrate, to what you have done for us.
REFLECT: How have you made Easter about worldly things? How can you turn your focus back
MEDITATE: 1 Corinthians 11:24
PRAY: Jesus, thank you for going on a rescue mission to save me. Thank you for bringing me
back to life so sin and death are not the end of my story. In this season, I’m reminded of my
need for you– thank you, Jesus.
REFLECT: How can you carve out time and space for remembrance, repentance, and
resurrection in this season?
MEDITATE: Luke 22-24
PRAY: Father, help me see the Easter story through fresh eyes. Reveal yourself to me in new
ways. Show me how I can be a bold, courageous, faithful disciple who loves and serves you
well. In Jesus’ name I ask, Amen.
REFLECT: Take time to read the Easter story with an eye for the marginalized and obscure.
MEDITATE: 1 Peter 5:7
PRAY: Lord, sometimes I admit I feel far from you and disconnected from your heart. In this
season, remind me of what is true. Speak louder than the lies. I want to celebrate that you are
risen, powerful, and in control of all things.
REFLECT: Ask a friend to pray for you and with you in this season.
MEDITATE: Matthew 26:17-30
PRAY: Jesus, we, like your disciples, have denied and betrayed you. We have doubted you and
deserted you. We have failed to live perfectly like you showed us, yet you love us anyway.
Thank you, Jesus. We are undeserving of your grace and your sacrifice
REFLECT: How has the Lord transformed you?
MEDITATE: Mark 14-16
PRAY: Lord Jesus, you are the only one who is truly holy. As this Holy Week begins, still our
hearts and our minds and allow us to enter into your presence. We want to wholly reflect on you this week as we follow your journey to the cross.
REFLECT: Prayerfully think on the events described in this passage and their deep and life-
changing meaning for each of us.
DAY 40- PALM SUNDAY
MEDITATE: Matthew 21:1-11, Psalm 118:1-2, Psalm 119:19-29
PRAY: Lord God, I give you thanks, for you are good, and your mercy is endless. Here I stand, at
the start of this holy week, this week in which your church remembers Jesus’ passion and
death, And I am distracted by many things. Turn my eyes now to the One who comes in your
name the one who opens the gates of righteousness the one who answers when we call. I bless
you, Lord, for shining your light upon me, and for sending your son to us, in human frailty. To
walk the road, we walk. Open my eyes that I may see him coming and may praise him with a
pure heart. And may walk in the way of his suffering and share also in his resurrection. Through
Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and
ever. Amen. (Written by Rachel Marie Stone)
MEDITATE: Matthew 21:10-17, John 12:1-8
PRAY: Lord God, Six days before his death, your son sat with Lazarus, Whom he had raised from
the dead, And ate dinner with his friends. Once again, your gospel tells us, Martha served, And
Mary knelt at Jesus’ feet to anoint them with costly perfume. The disciple who was about to
betray him Said that it was a waste. He didn’t care about the poor, really – He just wanted to fill
his own pockets and make Mary feel ashamed. Lord God, often we cannot discern what is best:
When to pour out costly perfume for your sake, even if the world thinks it a waste. When to be
busy serving, or when to rest at your Son’s feet and learn. Give us ears to hear you and eyes to
see. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen. (Written by Rachel Marie Stone)
MEDITATE: Matthew 26:36-46, Hebrews 5:7-9
PRAY: Lord God, the message of the cross is difficult to take. How can death give way to life?
How can weakness be strength? Yet your word says that Jesus, being God, took on human flesh
and suffered the worst kind of death. How can this be? This message is indeed difficult to take.
But your foolishness is wiser than our wisdom. Your weakness is greater than our strength. Help
us to know that none of us can boast before you. It is only in Christ Jesus that we can boast. In
his name, we ask you to help our unbelief. That we may love you and walk in the way Jesus
taught us. In his name, Amen. (Written by Rachel Marie Stone)
MEDITATE: Matthew 26:27-56, 1 Corinthians 1:18
PRAY: Lord God, we tremble to think That it was one of Jesus’ own friends who betrayed him.
One who sat by him, who broke bread with him. Give us strength, we pray, to walk faithfully
with Jesus, even when the road we walk is rocky Even when the message of the cross seems
like foolishness and even when we feel betrayed. You, Lord, are always faithful. We stumble,
we become lost, but you are steady and sure. Give us the grace to endure our troubles, and
reveal to us the glory of your kingdom, through your son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with
you and the Holy Spirit. Amen. (Written by Rachel Marie Stone)
DAY 44: MAUNDY THURSDAY
MEDITATE: John 13:1-17, John 13:34-35
PRAY: Lord God, you sent your Son into the world, and before his hour had come, He washed
his disciples’ feet. You had given all things into his hands.
Maundy Thursday- The Thursday before Easter is known as either Maundy Thursday, or Holy
Thursday. Maundy is derived from the Latin word for “command” and refers to Jesus’
commandment to the disciples to “Love one another as I have loved you.”
He had come from you, and was going to you, and what did he do? He knelt down on the floor
and washed his friends’ feet. He was their teacher and their Lord, yet he washed their feet. Lord
God help us learn from his example; Help us to do as he has done for us. The world will know
we are his disciples If we love one another. Strengthen our hands and our wills for love and for
service. Keep before our eyes the image of your Son, Who, being God, became a Servant for our
sake. All glory be to him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and
forever. Amen. (Written by Rachel Marie Stone)
DAY 45: GOOD FRIDAY
MEDITATE: John 18:1-40, John 19:1-42, Isaiah 52:13-15, Isaiah 53:1-12, Hebrews 10:16-25,
PRAY: Lord God, Jesus cried out to you on the cross, “Why have you forsaken me?” You seemed
so far from his cry and from his distress. Those who stood at the foot of the cross Wondered
where you were, as they saw Jesus mocked and shamed and killed. Where were you then? Lord
God, We, too, ask where you are, when there is trouble and suffering and death, and we cry out
to you for help. Be near to us and save us So that we may praise you for your deliverance. Lord
God, we wait, on Friday, for the resurrection of Sunday and sometimes our lives seem a
succession of Fridays And we cannot see what is “Good.” Teach us to call your name As Jesus
did. Make us to trust in you like little children. In Jesus’ name, Amen. (Written by Rachel Marie
Good Friday is celebrated/observed on Friday, April 10th. Good Friday is a Christian observance
held two days before Easter Sunday and it commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ at
Calvary (located right outside the walls of Jerusalem)
DAY 46: HOLY SATURDAY
MEDITATE: Matthew 17:1-6, Lamentations 3:1-9. Lamentations 3:19-24
PRAY: Lord God, On the Sabbath, Jesus rested. He was in the grave. He had finished his work.
To most people’s eyes, it looked as if it were all over. He was dead and buried. But only as a
seed dies when it is planted in the earth, not to decay, but to spring to new life. Teach us to
take refuge in you when we are afraid Teach us that death is not our end Teach us to hope
always in you and in the resurrection, the making of all things New. Through Jesus Christ our
Lord, Amen. (Written by Rachel Marie Stone)
DAY 47: EASTER SUNDAY
MEDITATE: Matthew 28, Revelation 5:11-14, Psalm 118:1-2, Psalm 118:14-24
PRAY: Lord God, You loved this world so much, That you gave your one and only Son, That we
might be called your children too. Lord, help us to live in the gladness and grace Of Easter
Sunday, every day. Let us have hearts of thankfulness for your sacrifice. Let us have eyes that
look upon Your grace and rejoice in our salvation. Help us to walk in that mighty grace and tell
your good news to the world. All for your glory do we pray, Lord, Amen. (Written by Rachel
Marie Stone) He is risen, He is risen indeed!