O Lord, throughout these Forty Days – Lutheran Service Book #418
Luke 4:1-13; Leviticus 9:23
O Lord throughout these forty days
You prayed and kept the fast;
Inspire repentance for our sin,
And free us from our past
God made Jesus to be sin for us. To be sure, Jesus was sinless. But now is the time for us to know and believe that God our Father made Jesus to be sin for us. This is the focus of Lent. The perfect, holy sinless Son of God is made to be sin for us.
Lord God, You have called Your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go but only that Your hand is leading us and Your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.