40 days of family devotions for the Lent season

lent devotions for families st pauls lutheran school st louis

Guest blog Danni E., School Parent

The Lent season begins on March 1. It begins on Ash Wednesday and continues for 40 days, excluding Sundays, through Easter Sunday.

Daily devotions are something I initially found difficult to keep up with my kids. Not having been raised in a church, I simply lacked the traditions that many families have, and it was harder than I anticipated to find ways to fold God into my day every day. Over time, however, it’s become something I treasure. Thanks to the suggestion of another mom at school, even if we’re rushed for time in the morning, we make sure to at least incorporate a quick informal morning prayer during the car ride to school.

During the lenten season, take time to consider the meaning of the season by meditating on scripture relevant to our sinful nature, repentance, and the gift of salvation. Below, I’ve linked some short passages to get you started. Take as much time as you find you’re able to give, but if you’re like me, and you find yourself on the run for these morning devotions, make sure you have this blog bookmarked so that your kids can pull up the links and lead the devotions on the run!

Encourage your kids to each read a verse, then offer up some quick questions or get their feedback on what they’ve read. This is a great opportunity for you to gain some insight into their experience at school and away from home. If your kids are anything like mine, “How was your day?” is met with “Fine,” and getting details about their experience seems to be a struggle. I’ve found that through the daily prayers and devotionals, I’m able to learn more about their experiences, concerns, and struggles. It’s been a blessing to me as a parent to gain this insight into their hearts.

Devotional Verses

  • Day 1:
    Consider what you might give up in honor of the season - OR - what you might TAKE up in thanksgiving for the gift of Jesus death on the cross (more prayer?). As you consider this, read  Joel 2:12-14.

  • Day 2:
    Thanks God for His Grace and mercy through Jesus’ death on the cross.
    Read Isaiah 53:5.

  • Day 3:
    Consider your sins in the privacy of your own mind. Ask God for forgiveness. Thank God for forgiving your sins. Read Psalm 51: 1-14

  • Day 4:
    Ask the Lord to renew your mind, to help you be able to discern what is of the world and what is His will. Read Romans 12:2.

  • Day 5:
    Speak with your kids about a time they felt tempted to do wrong. Ask God to help each of you resist evil and its ways. Read James 4:7.

  • Day 6:
    Praise God for the songs we can sing, both during Lent and at Easter! Pick a favorite to sing. Talk about the verses & their meaning.

  • Day 7:
    Ask God to help you see His love in the passion, death, and resurrection of Christ. Read Colossians 1:22

  • Day 8:
    Ask the Lord to soften your heart and the hearts of those you love. Read Ezekiel 36:26/

  • Day 9:
    Pray for the love of Christ to be shown in all you do. Read 2 Corinthians 5:14.

  • Days 10-13:
    Spend a few days meditating on 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10. Talk about how we can be ambassadors of God even in difficult times.

  • Day 14:
    Pray that you will remain strong and be of good courage. Read Joshua 1:9.

  • Day 15:
    Pray for your mom and grandmother - for their needs, their struggles, their salvation - that God might know their hearts and be with them always. Read John 19:25.

  • Day 16:
    Pray for your dad and grandfather and any other paternal figures - for their needs, for their wisdom, their salvation. Read Genesis 22:15.

  • Day 17:
    Ask God to help you forgive anyone you are angry with or holding a grudge against. Talk through these grudges, if the conversation allows. Read Leviticus 19:18.

  • Days 18 through 21:
    Spend a few days meditating on this passage and putting it into practice. How can we BE better without being “showy” or acting “better than”? What can we do each day to be better servants in a way that brings others to be better as well? Matthew 6:1-6

  • Days 22 through 25:
    Throughout these chapters, there are signs demanded to prove God’s power and Jesus’s legitimacy as the son of God. Read these through. Talk through each Chapter. How have each of you struggled with faith? What do these stories teach you to strengthen your faith going forward? Read Matthew 16-21.

  • Day 26:
    Pray for our pastors, that they would be faithful to the Word of God. Read Romans 10: 14-15.

  • Day 27:
    Pray for your friends. Pick one friend specifically to pray for. Read John 14:18.

  • Day 28:
    Pray that the Lord would give you a teachable and trusting heart. Read Proverbs 3:5-6.

    • Day 29:
      Pray for our teachers, staff and administrators at St. Paul’s Lutheran School for the next few days. Consider one verse each day:

      Proverbs 22:6: “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old, they will not turn from it.” Pray for their judgment, discernment, and the examples they set.

      Psalm 32:8: ”I will instruct you and teach in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” Pray for the teachers that they be blessed with patience, and Christian love for their students and a continued passion for their profession.

      James 3:1-2: “Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.  We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.” Pray for future teachers, that they be drawn to our schools - and that God blesses them and our current teachers with his guidance so that they may be the good examples our students and families need.
  • Day 32 through 35:
    Break up the text over the next few days. Meditate on how our weaknesses reflect on those that don’t know God. Consider the importance of how we hold ourselves in light of the view of non-believers who may meet or see us. Ask God to glorify Himself in our weaknesses. Read 2 Corinthians 12.

    • Day 36-39:
      As we reach the end of this family devotion series, we will focus on a hunger for the word of God, asking God for the desire as a family and within ourselves to continue on in this daily pursuit to be closer to Him. Each day during this time, read one of the following:
      1 Peter 2:2
      Psalm 81:10
      Deuteronomy 8:3

  • Day 40:
    Praise God for our inheritance through Christ. Read Titus 3:7.

When you’re done with your 40 days of Lenten devotionals, check out this website for more great devotionals for families.