A prayer for Lenten joy

A cloudy sky with a hint of a rainbow

Father, it is a great comfort to us that you and your Son are never glib and never gloomy.  We delight in the truth that you can be infinitely happy without being callous to our pain.  We stand in wonder that the light of Jesus’ joy makes a rainbow in the tears on his face.  We long to be like this.  We want to be strong and unshakeable in the joy of our faith.  But we don’t want to be oblivious to the grievousness of our own sin or the pain of other people’s distress.  O God, fulfill in us the purpose of your Son in promising that his joy would be in us and that our joy would be full.  Make the fruit of the Spirit — joy — flourish in our lives.  Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love that we may rejoice and be glad in you. … May Christ so dwell in our hearts with his indestructible joy that day by day we are conformed more and more to his glad image.  And so may we be a place of refuge and eternal refreshment for a hopeless, joy-seeking world of people who do not know they are starved for the glory of the gladness of God in Jesus Christ.  In his name we pray, amen.

From Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ by John Piper


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