This past Wednesday began the Christian season of Lent in the traditional Christian calendar. The start of this season is referred to as Ash Wednesday. You may know some Christians who attend a church service on that day where a cross is marked with ashes on one’s forehead.
Many Christians give up something for Lent, the 40-day period that extends from Ash Wednesday until Easter. For centuries, Christians spent this 40 day period by observing some kind of “fasting.”
The purpose of this fast is not just to deprive one’s self of something. The real purpose is to focus on the sufferings of Christ on our behalf. Christians “fast” from something that they like as an imitation of Jesus’ fasting for 40 days before He began His public ministry.
In recent years, many Christians have decided to add something positive instead of “giving up” something.
A few weeks ago, I challenged the youth Sunday School class I have been teaching to pray. I would like to offer the same challenge to you as we start this season of thinking about the death and resurrection of Jesus.
I asked them to commit themselves to praying at least 10 minutes every day. I gave them a commitment paper to sign for themselves. It simply says, “I pledge to spend at least 10 minutes each day in prayer.” Underneath there is a space to sign your name and date it.
I pledge to spend at least 10 minutes each day in prayer.
_______________________ (Name) __________________ (Date)
Most Christians have an irregular prayer life. We pray on the run or when we face a crisis. There is power in giving God your full attention for at least a short time each day. Stop the other things you are doing. Find a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed. Go to God. You will not be disappointed.
Love in Christ,
Greg Burriss, Pastor
Rocky River Baptist Church
Siler City, NC