This is part 2 of a blog post concerning my experience with Lent and how I have been learning to pray.
In my previous post I talked about my first ever experience of Lent, what it means to me and why, and days Monday through Wednesday of my prayer list. If you’re curious, please check it out……….or not. Either way, I hope this is a blessing and an encouragement to you to “Pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” I Thes. 5:17-18
Thanksgiving Thursday: This is the day I concentrate on gratitude. I take so much of God’s love and grace, His blessings and goodness, for granted. Do you? Rather than requesting anything on Thursdays I concentrate on thankfulness. I express my heartfelt thanks – not for what He has given me, but for who He is! I use the names of God, as written in Scripture, as the basis for acknowledging His character and all of the aspects of His personality. It can be challenging to stick to thanking and not asking, but as I discipline my thoughts, I find my heart singing His praises all day long.
Family Friday: I love my kids and grandkids. Like any mother I am concerned about their lives and their futures. On Fridays I lift each name before the Lord knowing that God loves my family even more than I do. All of my burdens on behalf of my children, myself, and my husband are laid at the foot of the cross. I try hard not to snatch them back up again. Jesus said, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” I need to remind myself of that often.
Supplication Saturday: Supplication is an old fashioned word for humble prayer, entreaty, or petition. I know that because I looked it up in the dictionary. This is the day I pray about anything and everything. I take Philippians 4:6-7 seriously, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition (supplication), with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Do I want the peace of God? Yes, please!
Surrender Sunday: As I do on Tuesday, I again surrender all that I am, all that I have, all that I ever hope to do and accomplish to God. If it is not God’s will for my life then I don’t want to waste my time, or His. My prayer on Sundays is for God the Father to write His will on my heart. I purposefully and intentionally surrender my ministry, my family, my dreams, my finances, and every other area of my life to the One who loves me most.
I expect this daily practice of intentional prayer will be a life changer for me. I hope so. My heart’s desire is for people to see more of Jesus and less of me.
What about you? Have you had an experience during the Lenten season, or any other time, where you have been changed by digging deeper into a relationship with God through prayer? I’d love to hear about it.
Peace to all of you who are in Christ,