At that time Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was hungry Matthew 4:1-2 NIV
Well it’s the first Sunday in Lent. Have you been successful in choosing a tasty delectable to give up for Lent or chosen to do some good for others? I’ve decided to do both. I’m not bragging. At my age I figure I better double up on my penance. I was going to give up only Doritos. They are my all time favorite snack, but I was afraid I would substitute one of the many other crunchy, chip type snacks, so I’m giving up all salty crunch snacks. I’ll have to give the bag I opened last night to my nephews. Hmm, I wonder if the chips will get stale over the forty days. It’s not going to be easy; no matter what cart I pick in the grocery store, it seems pull me toward the snack isle. I’m older and weaker, but during Lent I’ll rely on prayer. Lots of short prayers in the grocery store. This will help me feel God’s nudge and he will help me to succeed.
Do you have time for every activity under the sun, but think it’s silly or old-time to fast during Lent? If so, please take the time to time to pray and act on that prayer. This Lent season reflect on who you are as a Christian. God is always calling you or me to go out and do something. We don’t because we feel we don’t have the time. Other times we may feel a nudge to pray and spend time alone with God and don’t. If God calls us, who are we not to answer. It doesn’t have to be hours of prayer, just spend some time with Him. He has a lot more to do than we do, especially now days. If He’s willing to spend time with us, who are we to ignore His nudges. He will supply the time and strength to answer His calls on us. During our Lent fasting, its a great time speak to God and ask him where he’s calling. Watch each day as he leads you to help another or spend time with him. Remember our fasting and praying is nothing compared to what he gave for us.
Lord help us to use this Lenten season wisely. Help us to grow and change. May our prayers be the catalyst to help others and our country. May our prayers ensure us of a future for our children and grandchildren.