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Lent: Focusing On the Lord Through Fasting, Prayer, and Service

During this season of Lent, let us focus on the Lord, and His truth. Through fasting, prayer, and service, we align our hearts with His.



Dear God,

Help me share Your good news with others. Let Your light be reflected in me, and through me to others. Give me the right words and stories to touch the hearts of those You know need it most. Help me make unexpected miracles for You.

Love,
me

This post started with the basic idea to write about Lent, and then I got lost in a sea of research about what Lent is and its history. I am really good at research, but I can easily go down a rabbit hole of questions and answers that lead to more questions. Next thing I know it’s been two days and I haven’t written the first word for this post.

So I stopped and centered myself with the opening prayer.

I started with the question…

What is Lent?

It is a high holy time in the life of the church that lasts 40 days (not counting Sundays). There are 3 major components to the days of Lent: fasting, prayer, and service. The Lenten season begins with Ash Wednesday and ends either the Thursday, Friday or Saturday before Easter (depending on the denomination). Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday”, is the day before Lent begins. Historically, Christians used up their extra food, especially sugar, yeasted flour, and fruits that they had in their pantries in preparation for a time of fasting.

Fasting

Why fasting? Jesus gave His life for us. The ultimate sacrifice. We Christians try, through fasting, to pay homage to that sacrifice and acknowledge that we are all unworthy and fall short of the glory of God. During periods of fasting we should focus on this truth.

In the bible people fasted from food, but today many Christians give up something that they enjoy as a fast – technology, one kind of food or drink, secular music or something that they love to do for example. Last year, I didn’t give up anything, I added something – written prayer.  Everyday during Lent and most days since, I have written my prayers down.

Prayer

Then my small group read Mark Batterson’s The Circle Maker. That study poured gasoline on the fire God had started burning in my heart, just a few months beforehand.

It has literally changed everything about my life. I am happier, more whole, and more in love with this life God has graced me with. God laid a road before me and all I had to do was walk it. No, it’s not always easy, but talking with God isn’t always hard either. I don’t like writing down my sins. That is a really hard thing to do, because you have to take responsibility for it when you write it down. On the other hand I always feel better once I lay my burdens down.

I also started writing my prayers every so often on Facebook – when the Spirit lead me. That simple act encouraged many of my family and friends, who in turn encouraged me. Then my friend Rachael, who started this wonderful blogging ministry, offered me the opportunity to write here on Oh Lord Help Us. I see all of these experiences as God’s hand working in and through my life right now. It is why I say I am having a love affair with my savior!

During this season of Lent, let us focus on the Lord, and His truth. Through fasting, prayer, and service, we align our hearts with His.

Service

So this year for Lent I want to take this love to the next level. Which brings me to the idea of service. I want to pray for you and with you. God has blessed me immeasurably this year. Let me share that with you and encourage you in your life.

Again I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on Earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father who is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

Matthew 18:19-20

I am feeling led by God to work toward being a prayer warrior. If you have a burden to share or a shame to lay down and want someone to pray for you and with you, consider leaving a message in the new Prayer section. Also think about sharing your joys and triumphs so we can rejoice with you.

…rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing steadfastly in prayer;

Romans 12:12

During this season of Lent, let us focus on the Lord, and His truth. Through fasting, prayer, and service, we align our hearts with His.

Finally…

There is a favor I want to ask of you. Pray for us at the blog. We could use your love and support as we reach others for God’s glory.

And we know that to them that love God all things work together for good, even to them that are called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28

God’s guiding light is sure to shine through this Lent season.

All bible verses come from The American Standard Version.

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During this season of Lent, let us focus on the Lord, and His truth. Through fasting, prayer, and service, we align our hearts with His.

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Written by Heather Molaro
These blurbs always make me crazy. Am I saying enough, too much, the right things, the wrong things? Number one thing I want you to know about me is that I LOVE my God! He is the reason for everything. I have a wonderful husband, two kids who light up my world, and am an elementary school teacher, which keeps me super busy. My new calling has been writing. I pray that through God's grace the words that I write are His desires for you and me.

21 thoughts on “Lent: Focusing On the Lord Through Fasting, Prayer, and Service

  1. Truth be told fasting and prayer are both such important aspects of being christians. I believe this to be true anyway. If you are wanting to go deeper with God and see him in a whole new way, I guarantee this will happen during a time of fasting and prayer. God is just so good!

    1. Keisha, I have found recently how fasting can really give you a laser like focus on God. It is encouraging to hear others are feeling God presence in their fasting and prayer.

  2. I love looking into the history of these kinds of things, too! I honestly haven’t done lent in so long, but you’ve encouraged me to think about doing something about it – at least focusing on why people participate and search my heart for how I can grow closer to God this season.

    1. Emily I am glad you found this encouraging. Good luck on your Lent observation. I will pray for you to strengthen your relationship and draw closer to God.

  3. I am going to be writing a whole lent series starting supposedly today except that I got sick to my stomach, but definitely starting tomorrow with Ash Wednesday. I would like to include or reblog your blog as part of this. May I have your permission? Then I have to figure out how to do that!

  4. Although My church doesn’t practice Lent, I love what it symbolizes…a reconnection and rededication to God and his purposes for our lives. We have such great lives in America, fasting is such a great way to bring self-discipline back when it’s easy to be lazy. I have heard great things about The Circle Maker,

    1. I struggle with telling myself…I can cheat just this once…but by focusing on the reasoning and the purpose of Lent and fasting, I find it easier to NOT be lazy. In our world where people look for easy and fast, 40 days is a long time.

  5. I haven’t read The Circle Maker but you’ve intrigued me to add it to my ever growing list of Christian books to read! I’m wanting to fast as a way to connect deeper in my relationship with God but I haven’t decided what, yet. It’s going to my focused prayer later today and I’m sure God will reveal what He wants it to be.

  6. Strangely, I was asking myself “what is lent” earlier today. We all seem caught up in tradition but forget the true symbolism. Thanks for the encouragement x

    1. I tell my students at school…never do something because someone else does. Do it because you understand it and believe in it.

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