Isaiah 58:1–9a


Lenten fasts are supposed to be restorative, part of putting the world right, even if just a little bit. In the Book of Isaiah, it is written that God desires to see captives freed, the hungry fed, the naked clothed, and the homeless given shelter. Isaiah assures us that when we engage in this kind of fasting — when our hearts are moved by compassion and justice — our lives will be transformed. Our light will break forth like the dawn, radiating God’s grace in our lives.


Lord, grant me the courage to take up my cross daily and follow you, no matter the cost. May my Lenten sacrifices be a source of blessing for those who are in need. Amen.


Inspired by Isaiah, pick a corporal work of mercy to practice today.

We look forward to praying with you again tomorrow.