40 Day Reading Plan for Lent

What do I do during lent? 

Have you wondered what to do during lent? Lent is a time of reflection during the 40 days that lead up to Easter. Traditionally, people fast or give something up during these days as a way of preparing for Easter. Lent can also be a great time to add a new practice, refocus your faith, or reflect on the present. 

Here is a plan that we found that proved to be effective in our spiritual lives as we lead up to Easter. 
Read the Psalm and the prayer every day. Then read the specific scripture for each day of the week. 

Week 1 March 10

God you respond to people who cry out to you. You come to us when we ask, so today I turn to you. Protect me from getting distracted in my thoughts, and keep me from wanting the wrong things. Holy Spirit, come help me. Come guide me. Give me the strength to follow you, to love you, and to worship you with my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen


Psalm 15


Monday – Isaiah 6

Tuesday – Luke 9:52-62

Wednesday – Acts 9:1-30

Thursday – Colossians 1:24-29

Friday – Galatians 1:11-24

Saturday – 2 Peter 1:1-11

Sunday – Psalm 91:9-16

Week 2 March 17

Holy Spirit make us aware of your presence today. Help us see, hear and understand what you are up to. Fill us with your love and use us today to point other people to you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen


Psalm 25


Monday – John 13:1-20

Tuesday – Matthew 10:16-42

Wednesday – John 15:12-27

Thursday – Acts 6:8-15

Friday – James 1:2-18

Saturday – 1 Peter 4:12-19

Sunday – Psalm 127

Week 3 March 24

Jesus, we want to look more like you. Help us worship you and your beauty so that some “beauty of holiness” starts to show up in our lives. Jesus, help us live above the darkness—our heavy moods, our overwhelming thoughts, the circumstances weighing us down—and help us to be a light wherever we are at. Give us eyes to see your will and strength to walk in that will today. Amen


Psalm 42


Monday – Psalm 63:1-8

Tuesday – Isaiah 55

Wednesday – John 7:37-44

Thursday – John 6:22-40

Friday – Romans 8:18-25

Saturday – Psalm 84

Sunday – Exodus 3:1-15


Week 4 March 31

God, you are the source of all things good. Remind me of this as I go through my day. Help me to rest in the never-ending presence of your love. Help me to return to your love when I slide into wrongful thinking. Be my guiding light as I go through my day. Amen.



Psalm 143


Monday – Deuteronomy 30:15-20

Tuesday – Joshua 24:14-28

Wednesday – Hebrews 2:1-18

Thursday – Philemon 8-21

Friday – Colossians 3:1-17

Saturday – Romans 12

Sunday – Luke 15:1-3, 11-32


Week 5 April 7

Father God, refresh our soul and draw us ever more present to you. As we go through the day, bring joy to our work. Fill us with love so that it is easy to obey your commands. Help us to serve you with the joy of a child. We love to bring honor to your name Jesus. Amen.   


Psalm 32

Monday – Matthew 11:2-19

Tuesday – 1 Corinthians 15:1-28

Wednesday – Romans 1:1-7, 16-17

Thursday – Isaiah 25:1-9

Friday – Colossians 3:1-17

Saturday – Romans 8:31-39

Sunday – John 12:1-8


Week 6 April 14

God, you are the light of life and the only source of hope. Transform us from the inside out as we worship you. Prepare our hearts to carry out your will in the world today.  Amen.

Psalm 56


Monday – Acts 14:19-28

Tuesday – 1 Peter 2:21-25

Wednesday – 2 Corinthians 1:3-11

Thursday – Isaiah 53:1-6

Friday – Isaiah 53:7-9

Saturday – Isaiah 53:10-12

Sunday – Luke 19:28-40