Matthew 4: 1-4 says:
1Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” 4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Lord, as we go through the season of Lent help us to draw near to you in praise, stripping away all that distracts us from worship. As Jesus resisted temptation by the devil in the wilderness, help us reflect on his faithfulness to you and his rejection of worldly values, and help us to resist the constant temptations of the world around us.
As Jesus prayed and fasted, teach us about spiritual discipline in our relationship with you. Thank you for times of inward searching and the desert experiences that make us realise our need of you. Thank you that we can call on you, even from the desert, and you will hear us.
Guide us Lord through the forthcoming days of Lent, encouraging us along the way. And as we move towards the darkest day, we pray you’ll not forsake us but remind us of our Saviour’s ultimate gift and the promise of new, abundant, eternal life for all who believe and trust in him.