During the Lenten season, staff and church leaders will share a daily devotional. Please join us on the journey.

14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

2 Chronicles 7:14

The Forty Days of Lent

Marilyn Mraz- Lay Leader

There is a significance in the Lenten Season being 40 days….it was the number of days water flooded the earth, it was the number of years Israel wandered in the desert, it was the number of days Moses stayed on the mountain, and it was the number of day’s Jesus spent in the wilderness praying and fasting.  It can also be the number of days for you to concentrate on growing in your faith.

Lent is a time to grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ.  There are many ways to grow that relationship – we can do acts of charity, we can fast, we can abstain from doing some of our favorite things or we can be more intentional in our walk with Christ.

I try very hard during the Lenten season to turn to prayer, to communicate with God and rekindle the love that sometimes wanes with the business of our everyday lives.  It’s a good time to “kick start” the time that we spend in the Word each day and recommit to a growing relationship with God through prayer.

When we attend Sunday services we pray in unison with our Christian brothers and sisters and acknowledge that we need God’s love to sustain us.  We can also pray as a family every day, throughout the day.  How better can we teach our children the importance of praying than by praying with them before they go to school each day, at meal times and before they go to bed at night?  Lent would be an especially good time to start this practice as a family if you aren’t doing it now.  It’s important to also make time, for you as an individual, to pray and to focus on your personal relationship with Christ.

What better gift can we give to our families or to ourselves than the gift of prayer?  It says in 2 Chronicles 7:14 “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”  Lent would be a perfect time to start a new habit – the habit or praying, individually or as a family.

Research shows it only takes 21 days to form a new habit so you will be ahead if you start your new practices of being intentional about prayer on Ash Wednesday!!

Prayer: God help me to be more intentional about praying to you daily.  Amen


Read Marilyn’s Other Devotion: Random Acts of Kindness