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Hungering for the Bread of Heaven – A Prayer for Lent by Pastor Scotty Smith

March 1, 2012

Dear Lord Jesus, it’s the season of Lent. For forty days we have the privilege of focusing our hearts, surveying your cross, and preparing for the greatest of all celebrations: Easter—the foundation of our hope and the fountain of eternal joy. What a great opportunity and gift.

For your glory and our growth, we ask you to inundate us with fresh grace in the coming weeks. We don’t want an ordinary Lenten season, Jesus. Saturate it with the gospel; overwhelm us with your daily mercies; stun us with your steadfast love—the only love that will never come to an end. It’s all about you, Jesus, it’s all about you what you’ve done for us, not what we promise to do for you.

Over these forty days intensify our hunger for you, Lord, and ignite our longing for the day of your return—the Day of consummate joy, the wedding feast of the Lamb. In light of that banquet, we may choose to deny ourselves (fast from) certain pleasures for this brief season. But we’re not looking to get one thing from you, Jesus—just more of you.

“Bread of Heaven, Bread of Heaven, feed us till we want no more!”

Fill our hearts with your beauty and bounty, so very Amen we pray, in your holy and loving name.

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This is a shortened version of Pastor Smith’s prayer. The full version can be accessed on his prayer blog, Heavenward. Pastor Scotty Smith graduated from Westminster Theological Seminary in 1977. For twenty years, he served Christ Community Church in Franklin, Tennessee as its Senior Pastor, and is presently its Pastor for Preaching, Teaching and Worship. Pastor Smith also serves as adjunct professor at Covenant Theological Seminary, and teaches at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. He has written five books: Unveiled Hope, with Michael Card; Speechless, with Steven Curtis Chapman; Objects of His Affection; The Reign of Grace; and Restoring Broken Things, with Steven Curtis Chapman.

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Embedded below is “Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer,” the great Welsh hymn which includes the words prayed to Jesus as our Bread of Heaven that Pastor Smith quotes above. To watch it, you’ll have to click on the little “YouTube” icon in the lower right corner. We have the opportunity to join our voices with those in this video as we sing this and other wonderful Welsh hymns at our “St. David’s Day flavoured” Services on March 4. 

2 Comments
  1. I like this a lot, he is really that Bread that give life.

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