March 2, 2014
Today, I am going to let you in on one part of my plan for Lent . I don’t mention this because I think it is anything to brag about, but because I will need your help. Let me encourage you to think again about what your Lenten practice (40 days before Easter that begins Wednesday) will be. Last week I wrote about four areas you could choose from as you focus on Christ and his love for you:
1. Taking on a new discipline
2. Prayer of examen—watching your habits
3. Living into a new service/love opportunity
4. Abstinence (giving something up for Lent)
My new “Lenten” practice is one that will have to continue after Lent, but what better time to take on this new discipline than during this season. And, actually it is nothing new; it is a return to an old practice of our church.
My plan is to have a focused prayer schedule for each of you. No, I don’t mean when you will pray, but when I will focus my prayers on you. I have a list of the different families in our church and will rotate through that list, choosing five families each week for prayer. This won’t be the only time I pray for you, but it will mean that you know that I am praying for you.
Now, here is where I will need your help. I will need to know how I should pray for you. So, the week before your time on the prayer cycle I will send you an email or call you and ask you three simple questions.
- For what are you thankful?
- Are there concerns for which I can pray?
- How can I pray for your GROWTH?
I hope this new Lenten practice will be a blessing for us all, but I need your help to pray.