These prayers are adapted from Habitat for Humanity’s Lenten Devotions. Each week, you are invited to prayerfully reflect upon one of these items during the season of Lent.
Open our eyes
During this season of Lent, as we focus on the kind of “agape” love that calls us to act selflessly for the well-being of others. Even serving in a ministry of compassion like Habitat for Humanity, we can get so caught up in our tasks that we forget our purpose: to demonstrate the love of Jesus. Pray that we may not be consumed with what we need and desire, but have the heart that connects with others to let them know they are valuable and cared for.
The Lenten season is often thought of as a time of sacrifice or a time to give something up. However, early Christians’ celebration of Lent wasn’t about giving up possessions; it was about demonstrating God’s love. That is our vision at Habitat. Pray that we may listen with our hearts and be willing to share with radical generosity so that everyone may have a safe, decent place to live.
Experience God’s miraculous love
The power of God’s love can break through even in the most unlikely places and circumstances when we join as faithful disciples seeking God’s good intentions for our world. Our call at Habitat is to active ministry that meets human needs. Pray that we are ever mindful of the miraculous power of God’s love and that we will serve in accordance with His will and not our own.
Serve in ways you might not have imagined
Habitat provides a uniquely wonderful means for volunteers and homeowners to serve one another in communities. Pray that we are reminded daily of who our neighbors are and be guided to serve one another in God’s love. May God strengthen Habitat as it brings together volunteers, homeowners and neighbors to build strong, stable homes and communities.
Creating and maintaining peace requires having a forgiving attitude and a commitment to the welfare of another. At Habitat, we seek to put God’s love into action by building peaceful interactions throughout the worldwide communities we serve. Pray for God to help us to be blind to the race, religion, politics and wealth that disconnect, separate, divide and classify us. May there be peace in our world, and may it begin with each one of us.