Commemorating the first full week of Lent, Craig Swandby, World Vision USA’s Advocacy Associate for the Middle East, shares a prayer to help us reflect on the heart of Lent.

As we seek justice and peace abroad and home, we are threatened by the pangs of despair, failure, and even our own unmoved hearts. Lent marks a season of humble reflection and repentance. In this season, with our own sorrow and on behalf of the pain in this world, let us turn to the Lord:

Let us pray for the oppressed and the oppressor; the destitute and dying; the poor and sick in body and mind. The refugee, the homeless, the unemployed. Let us turn to the lord with all that we have done and left undone. Let us pray in repentance, let us pray for deliverance and hope.

Hear what our Lord Jesus Christ says:

Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with
all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great
commandment. And the second is like it: Thou shalt
love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments
hang all the Law and the Prophets.

When we hear such a high and holy calling, we have no choice but to cry:

Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord have mercy upon us.

Photo: World Vision staff devotions — singing and Bible reading, at the Kuajok office, Warrup State, South Sudan © 2015 World Vision/photo by Jon Warren

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