The Lord has heard my plea; the Lord accepts my prayer.” Ps. 6:9

Today is the first day of the lent season. Over the next six weeks, the participation of lent will hopefully bring us into a deeper and more intimate relationship with our Lord, Jesus Christ.

A common challenge I think many of us need to overcome is to move from an intellectual acceptance of Christ as our saviour, to having a real relationship with Christ from which flows the fruits God expects us to produce. My goal over this lent season is to spend time meditating on the promise of God’s presence in my life, and what it means to have an intimate relationship with Christ.

Below are words from O for a Closer Walk with God, which express a desire to have a renewed closeness to God:

O for a closer walk with God,
A calm and heavenly frame,
A light to shine upon the road
That leads me to the Lamb!

Where is the blessedness I knew,
When first I saw the Lord?
Where is the soul refreshing view
Of Jesus and His Word?

What peaceful hours I once enjoyed!
How sweet their memory still!
But they have left an aching void
The world can never fill.

Return, O holy Dove, return,
Sweet messenger of rest!
I hate the sins that made Thee mourn
And drove Thee from my breast.

The dearest idol I have known,
Whate’er that idol be
Help me to tear it from Thy throne,
And worship only Thee.

So shall my walk be close with God,
Calm and serene my frame;
So purer light shall mark the road
That leads me to the Lamb.


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