Yesterday, we continued our “Tuesday” prayer and fast. We are intentionally coming before the Lord with two requests – denominational resolution and personal renewal. Unfortunately, neither one of these prayers is likely to be answered quickly, but I hope we will continue our fasting and praying until we see the hand of the Lord move in our midst.
Today is the first day of the Lenten season. Lent is the liturgical season leading up to the Resurrection. It serves as a way for us to identify with the struggles of Jesus’ earthly ministry as He headed to the cross. In spite of the fact that we use the phrase, “It’s just my cross to bear,” referring to something or someone that poses a challenge for us, few of us will ever actually be called upon to bear the cross. Jesus did it. He did it for you and me.
For many, Lent conjures up the memory of “giving something up.” I recently read that rather than stop doing something you’re going to pick up again after Easter (like, I’m giving up chocolate for Lent), why not use the Lenten season to increase a spiritual activity that will draw us closer to God! Perhaps a little extra Bible reading each day is in order. (You could start reading through Proverbs, one a day until Easter!) Maybe supplement your weekly fast and prayer time by adding five minutes of prayer only before lunch three days a week, praying for personal renewal. These are two suggestions. I'm sure you can think of some other ways to "step up" your faith journey if you put your mind to it. Share your thoughts with others, and encourage them to join you!
We have so much for which to be thankful. Be intentional this Lenten season to let God (and others) know just how thankful you are!
Grace and peace,