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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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;
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.
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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