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Do you know what Lent is?

I just spent some time asking a few people what Lent was, and I received the deer in headlights look.

Many have heard of the word “Lent,” but didn’t know what it actually was.

A few said it had something to do with fish fries on Friday but the consensus is: most people don’t know what Lent is and why it’s celebrated.

The Importance of Lent

As a child, I remember Lent being a lot like Advent. It meant going to church two times a week.

As a result, for a young child, it was something I didn’t look forward to. Our services were not very conducive to young children.

Lent is the forty days before Easter beginning on Ash Wednesday.

Indeed, it’s a season of reflection and preparation that culminates in the death and resurrection of Christ.

As well as a replication of Christ’s forty days in the wilderness.

During these forty days, Jesus fasted from food and drink, and because of this example, many do fast during this time frame.

For example, many participate in a fast whether it be giving up something like social media, or food; to discover, find communion, and focus on Christ during those moments when they crave what they have fasted from.

Alternatively, we can also look at Lent as a way of “spring cleaning” in a sense, we let go of some habits to better prepare ourselves to take on new habits.

Even though the forty days is longer than what has been said about creating habits in 21 days.

In summary, these 63 days are really what it takes to cement habits into memory and life.

With this intention, we’re becoming Christ-like which is a work-in-progress our whole lifetime.

What if I Don’t Know What to Give Up

Every Lent season, I catch myself in this predicament.

I’m not sure what I should give up.

I mean what we choose should hurt a little.

We choose things that affect us.

Last year, I gave up chocolate, but this year after spending time in prayer, nothing came to mind.

I was in the hope that I wanted God to lead me and no discernment came my way.

After spending time googling about “Lent,” I was convicted to spend time in daily prayer this season.

The truth is: it’s easy to make the decision to give up something and then decide it’s too hard, or just cheat a little.

The whole reason for the focus is to change what we’ve been doing and do something new that makes us reflect Christ in greater ways.

Restructuring Habits

By the way, you might be wondering how I could choose prayer when the whole basis of “fasting” is to give up something… let me explain a little.

My default or modus opertii is to try and control my day or worry when it doesn’t meet my expectations.

Subsequently, I’m convicted to stop doing this and instead focus on praying when worry, control,or negative thoughts start to bombard me.

On the whole, prayer is a way to draw close to God and join in fellowship with Him.

With this in mind, making prayer my focus should lead me to greater faith and a stronger relationship with God while reflecting and preparing myself for the gift of Easter.

Why Prayer?

Prayer is comprised of three elements:

  • Communion.

Firstly, we know this is important especially in our world today.

Since the advance of technology, many of us aren’t getting into the real world and talking with friends face to face. Google “loneliness epidemic”; it’s a huge problem that is becoming more commonplace.

In short, life is hard, and we all need the support of friends.

All in all, did you know God promises to meet with us and never leave us?

(Deuteronomy 31:6, MSG).

6 “Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you.”

  • Connection

Once again, humans are made to connect.

We are formed in God’s image, and He is in connection as seen in the Trinity.

Therefore, God desires to be close to us and be in fellowship with us.

This verse exemplifies the connection:

(John 15:5, NLT).

5 “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.”

  • Strength and Renewal

When we come before God in prayer, He promises to renew us, encourage and give us His strength to endure.

I don’t know about you, but I need this daily in order to meet the demands of life.

(Isaiah 40:30-31, NLT).

30 Even youths will become weak and tired,

    and young men will fall in exhaustion.

31 But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.

    They will soar high on wings like eagles.

They will run and not grow weary.

    They will walk and not faint.

How We Can Structure Prayer

First, let me say that God just wants us to come to Him and talk to Him.

God isn’t stuck on the formalities of prayer, He wants the relationship with us.

But if you’re like me, I wanted to approach God as the supreme being He is.

Secondly, I wanted to make sure that I was revering Him.

Finally, if I can be honest, I have been bad about daily asking for forgiveness.

I mean I know He forgives me, and I’m not sure if it’s pride or just plain ‘ole forgetfulness, but I’m not great about daily asking for it.

I vowed this Lent to be better.

Lent Daily Prayers

How I’ve structured these prayers in the “40 Daily Prayer for Lent” is:

Worship: by beginning with worship of God’s supreme titles. He needs us to remember His history of steadfastness and how good and mighty He has been.

Gratitude: by becoming grateful for all the many blessings in our lives, it opens our hands to receive and give; it also opens our hearts to see how God has been faithful and loving.

Confession: We are not God, and we need to remember how we miss the mark every day in following His laws perfectly. We are sinners which is why we need God.

Petition: We ask God to help us do something or we ask Him to grant something.

As we participate in Lent this season, may our eyes be open to what Christ has accomplished for us and may we discover Him anew or again and prepare for His gift of salvation!

If you looking for some more ways to celebrate Lent with your family: 14 Beautiful Ways Your Family Can Celebrate Lent

My free gift to you is this 40 Daily Prayers for Lent to draw you closer to God and help you focus and reflect on Him.

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