Lent - Day One – A Prayer
“So Daniel said to the steward whom the chief of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, “Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then let our appearance be examined before you, and the appearance of the young men who eat the portion of the king’s delicacies; and as you see fit, so deal with your servants.” So he consented with them in this matter, and tested them ten days.
And at the end of ten days their features appeared better and fatter in flesh than all the young men who ate the portion of the king’s delicacies. Thus the steward took away their portion of delicacies and the wine that they were to drink, and gave them vegetables. As for these four young men, God gave them knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom; and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams. Now at the end of the days, when the king had said that they should be brought in, the chief of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar.
Then the king interviewed them, and among them all none was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah; therefore they served before the king. And in all matters of wisdom and understanding about which the king examined them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers who were in all his realm. Thus Daniel continued until the first year of King Cyrus.” Daniel 1:11-21
“Father, God of All living and God of All Creation, God of All Wisdom and Understanding, God of All Glory, Majesty, Dominion, Strength, Honor and Blessing, Our Father in heaven, we desire, during this season of Lent, to be before You even as Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah were set apart, to be set apart for Your service.
As we turn away from the delicaciesof this world, the puffed-up pleasures, the things that appear so appealing to the eye but are filled with stuff that can never truly satisfy or make us strong. Cleanse us from all that would do our bodies harm and fill our mouths with good things that make us and keep us alert, cleared eyed, nimble and strong.
Sharpen our minds to be alert to wisdom and understanding that we may be wise in our decisions, inventive in our work, thoughtful and discerning in our relationships, that we might be vessels fit for Your use.
Please, Father, show us what is good and beneficial and make us sensitive to turn away from all that is of no value to us and all that would indeed harm our bodies and our souls. Let our words be un-defiling, but rather let them be edifying and uplifting to those who hear us. Remind us to speak to one another with grace and compassion. Help us to be encouraging to one another as to our own hearts always in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs as we sing and make melody in our hearts to You our Father and our God. Refresh us and renew us throughout these forty days, Father, with Your Holy Spirit working in us to glorify You in all we do, in all we think and in all we say. Be glorified in us today, Lord and thank You for hearing and answering this petition which we believe we receive by faith in Your name, Father Almighty. In the name of Your Dear Son, our Lord, Jesus, Christ of Nazareth we pray. AMEN.”