O Lord, throughout these forty days You prayed and kept the fast;
Inspire repentance for our sin, and free us from the past.
You strove with Satan and You won; Your faithfulness endured;
Lend us Your nerve, Your skill and trust in God’s eternal Word.
Though parched and hungry, yet You prayed and fixed Your mind above;
So teach us to deny ourselves, since we have known God’s love.
Be with us through this season, Lord, and all our earthly days,
That when the final Easter dawns, we join in heaven’s praise.
(Claudia Hernaman, 1838-98)
“O continue Your lovingkindness to those who know You, and your righteousness to the upright in heart. Let not the foot of pride come upon me, and let not the hand of the wicked drive me away.” Psalm 36: 10-11