Ash Wednesday Petitions

Creator God,  we who stand before you are dust,    and to dust we shall return. But you have breathed into our lips your Holy Breath, so we are also … yours. Help us this Lent to come alive to your Spirit within us. Break down the walls around our souls with which we shut out your forgiveness. As we look at ourselves in the mirror this day, give us eyes to see ashes – but ashes in the shape of the cross.

Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.

Loving Father, break down our own lack of faith in ourselves as your people, that shuts out your forgiveness. Break down that wall through the power of the cross we now wear upon us. Help us know that when you look at us, you see Christ and his righteousness. Free us from the shackles of our past shortcomings, to be excited and inspired by your love–that we may speak those little words and share those gentle touches that heal one neighbor at a time,   and so heal the world.

Lord, in your mercy…hear our prayer.

Faithful Lord, heal us of those things that keep us from accepting your forgiveness and feeling your healing. Shine your light and clear out those dark and damp places in our own hearts where we have stuffed down old grudges and hurt feelings–where we have kept track of those debts owed by others–where we cherish and chew on our resentments, and where we keep track of those we give ourselves permission to blame. Help us to forgive those who have trespassed against US so that we may fully be forgiven OUR trespasses. When we speak to those we love who are suffering, may Christ be in the ears of all who hear us–may they hear reconciliation. May they hear the Good News of your love and be healed.

Lord in your mercy… hear our prayer.



About John

John is a retired pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America who has served congregations for over 40 years, including in rural, suburban, campus ministry and urban settings. His love of Border Collie sheepdogs has been fortified by his many friendships with shepherds all around the world. Nothing he has ever or will ever accomplish is as significant as the patience God, his wife and his friends have shown in putting up with his deficiencies.
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1 Response to Ash Wednesday Petitions

  1. Beth D'Antonio says:

    Lord in your mercy…hear out prayer. Amen

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