Ash Wednesday Devotional

Scripture Reading: Psalm 51:10 (ESV)

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”

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As we enter into the season of Lent, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of a period of reflection, repentance, and renewal. The words of Psalm 51:10 serve as a poignant reminder of the posture we ought to assume during this sacred time. It is a plea for God’s transformative work within us, a cry for purity and renewal.

In this verse, we find the psalmist recognizing the need for divine intervention in the depths of their being. The heart, often symbolizing the core of our desires and motivations, is in focus here. The psalmist doesn’t just ask for surface-level cleansing but a profound transformation from the inside out. The request is not only for a clean heart but for a renewal of the spirit—a spirit aligned with God’s righteousness.


Take a moment to reflect on the state of your own heart. Are there areas that need cleansing? Are there attitudes or habits that hinder your relationship with God? As we embark on this Lenten journey, let Psalm 51:10 be our prayer—a genuine plea for God to create in us a clean heart and renew a right spirit within us.


Gracious and merciful God, on this Ash Wednesday, we humbly come before you with contrite hearts. Create in us a clean heart, O Lord, and renew a right spirit within us. Search us, O God, and know our hearts; test us and know our anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in us and lead us in the way everlasting (Psalm 139:23-24).

As we receive the ashes as a symbol of our mortality and repentance, may they also signify our desire for a renewed and transformed life in you. May this season of Lent be a time of deep introspection, drawing closer to you and allowing your Holy Spirit to cleanse, purify, and renew us.

In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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