Within our church body we recognize the season of Lent. Lent is that
time beginning 46 days before Easter (Lent is 40 days, but the Sundays in this time period are not part of
Lent). This is a penitential time spent in self- examination and reflection. During this time leading up to
Easter, our devotions will be mindful of this season.
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” ROMANS 12:12
During Lent, one way to grow in faith is to pray daily. Think about the things you pray for each day. Do
you pray and then forget about it?
God wants us to pray, and then listen, in order for us to learn His heart. He also wants us go and take
action as He leads. Too often, we allow prayer to become routine. We get stuck praying the same exact
“thank you, God, for everything” prayer, or we focus only on asking God for “stuff.”
Do you ask God to help you make decisions in your life? Do you wait for His answers? Many times, we
just do things in our lives without ever praying about them first.
We need both: first prayer and listening, then God-directed action. In these weeks leading up to Easter,
practice praying about possible decisions and actions. Be sure to pray, listen, and then take action.
Want to dig deeper and learn more about prayer?
- Read 1 John 5:14-15
- Ephesians 6:18
- James 5:13.