Gracious God, we give you thanks this day for your presence with us in every wilderness we encounter. We thank you that in Jesus you know just how challenging life can be at times. He knew our thirst for your love, our hunger for your peace and our deep sadness at the pain of the world around us.
As we enter this season of Lent, dear God, stay with us we pray. Help us to lean on the faith we have nurtured – whether the faith of a lifetime or a new and emerging faith – may it bring us the assurance of your promise that in life, in death and in life beyond death – we are not alone. You are with us.
In these days and weeks ahead, our faith will be challenged. We will pushed out of all our spiritual comfort zones, and we will need to trust in you God. Grant us faith in abundance.
Bless all who are in need of your grace this day. Bless these and all of your children with the comfort of your presence and give us all the strength we need to navigate this wilderness way. Stay with us God, for we ask it in the name of the One who calls us forward in faith, Jesus Christ, who taught his friends to pray together saying….