2-26-2020 QUIT DAY
Ash Wednesday Prayer
Lord, it feels like we are embarking on a Lenten journey together, you and I.
The beautiful words in the today's prayer talk about the "quiet remembrance of our need for redemption."
That feels like what I am looking for - or what you are looking for in me.
I want to remember how much I need you in my life and how much my life needs redemption. I want to remember it clearly and in the background of my day today and all through Lent.
On this special day, Ash Wednesday, may my small sacrifices in fasting be a way to clear away the clutter in my life to see you more clearly. May my longing for vaping/nicotine, help me to focus my life today more outside myself. Let me be aware of those who are in so much more suffering than I am and may I be aware of them as the brothers and sisters you have placed in my life.
Lord, I know there is darkness within me and around me. Bless these days with your Word.
Let your LIGHT SHINE in the darkness. Help me long for that Light until I am free.
And most of all Lord, help me to honor this day with the ashes on my forehead. They help me remember where I have come from and where I am going. May I acknowledge to you my sins and my deep need for your loving forgiveness and grace. I pray that this Lenten season will make me so much more aware of how much I need your healing in my life.
In Your Name,
(I did not write this prayer, but need it)
I know that my smoking is sinful because it is has such a strong hold over me.
Lord I confess that I have allowed my smoking to take over, and to rule my life – even allowing it to dictate to my God-given volition and will – and Father I know that this in not Your will for my life – I want to change and to give up smoking and ask for Your help in this matter.
So Lord, I humbly come to You asking to put my life into Your hands, so that it is Your will that is done in my life. Lord, I want what You know is best for my life and I know that being addicted to smoking is not what You would will for me – and so, into Your hands I surrender myself
– I surrender my will to smoke into Your hands –
and pray that moment by moment and in the power of Your Holy Spirit, I will give every desire to smoke into Your gracious hands and take captive this destructive craving. Thank You for loving me so much that You died to break the power of sin in my life – including this ungodly addiction that is so horrible.
May Your will be done in my life –
~~~Give me the desire and the will to stop this addiction and thank You Father for hearing my prayer and for always being there for me. ~~
I come to You to pray that You would help me to give up smoking.
Father in my heart I feel that I am not being a good witness to those around me – and my heart desires to quit this habit in order to help to be an encouragement to others, who are struggling with the habit of smoking – both believers and non-believers alike.
Lord I pray that You would take away the desire to smoke and replace it with more and more of a desire to know You more and to draw ever closer to You in the days that lie ahead –
Lord, I believe that You are willing and able to give me the strength to quit and to You be all praise. Amen.