40 DAYS JOURNEY WITH THE LORD
Moderated by Fr Justin Nzekwe
DAILY CHALLENGE: Abstain from meat.
Bible Reading – Psalm 51.
Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.
Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.
O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.
PRAY WITH ME
Lord, I come to you on my knees to ask for the forgiveness of my numerous sins. I know I’m weak but your grace could hold me up. Do not judge me with justice, but with mercy. Cause me to love you more than those sins that kept seducing me.
And let your Holy Spirit accompany me to make this journey to the end, and let it bear fruit in my life. Amen.
(Say this prayer as many times as you can, today)
TOMORROW’S CHALLENGE: Fast at least from morning to noon (12pm), if you are healthy.
***You may decide to accompany this journey with shorter fast, or by avoiding bad habits****
***If you are interested in this spiritual journey and you have any question to ask, please let me know from your comment.
God bless you. ***