The Practice of Lent

Posted on March 4, 2014

Growing up Roman Catholic meant that Lent was a big deal. I’m not sure I could have told you why it was such a big deal other than my parents made me give up something that was near and dear to my heart,¬†depending on how old I was, for 40 days straight (pop, candy, video games, etc.). I could never quite understand why my “favorite” chores weren’t valid options for being “given up” but regardless, something was going to be missed.

I have a slightly better understanding now that the purpose of Lent is to be reminded of the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness praying and fasting (Matt. 4:1-1; Mark 1:9-13; Luke 4:1-13) . It was also during this time that he was tempted but never caved. This is why we observe 40 days of Lent and why we emphasize the importance of spiritual disciplines such as fasting, prayer, service, study, worship, etc.

I thought I would share with you my intentions for Lent this year, 1) as a way of encouraging you to make time for spiritual disciplines, and 2) to provide some accountability for me. Here is what I’m hoping to make my routine over the next 40 days…Wake up early enough to have a solid 45-60mins before anyone else in my family wakes up, including my 1 & 3 year olds. During this time I will:

  1. Be in intentional prayer journaling specific concerns & celebrations
  2. Continue reading/studying through #LukeActs2014
  3. Continue daily readings through “A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants
  4. Brainstorm, write, & vision around the relaunch of a new church and its ministries
  5. NOT DO WORK!

 

Do you have plans to observe Lent in some way? If so, how? Which spiritual disciplines do you plan to focus on? Join me as the journey of Lent begins tomorrow.