As you prepare for the next forty days of prayer, focus in on the five treasures and use them as a guide. It can be tempting to start thinking of a laundry list of prayers you’d like to see answered. But, we encourage you to shape your prayers within the context of the five treasures in response to the five keys. Spend time identifying specific things to pray about under each treasure and commit to praying those through during this Lenten season.
When praying, make your primary goal to know Jesus more and experience Him more fully. Pray prayers of total surrender and aim to glorify God with your life. And most simply, make time to pray daily. Don’t over complicate this! Just talk to God. Have that place and time where you can meet with Him every day.
The purpose of the 40-day fast is to disconnect from regular patterns and habits so that you are able to connect in new ways to God and to more fully comprehend Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice for our souls.
As you select a type of fast, it is important to consider what, in its absence, will clearly point you to God and the sacrifice of His Son Jesus. Focus on God and His provisions in your life and not on what you are ‘giving up.’ Replace that time with prayer and Bible study.
Note that the 40 days of fasting does not include Sundays. Sundays will be viewed as a day of rest, refocusing, and re-commitment to Christ.
Just like prayer and fasting, having a daily devotional time will connect you to God in a powerful way and will usher you into His very presence.
Here are several things to consider in order to get the most out of your devotional time with God:
This year Discovery is utilizing the Daily Devotions from LHM Ministries. Each of the 47 days from Ash Wednesday until Easter has a unique writing for you to read and meditate on.
LHM is a Christian outreach ministry supporting churches worldwide in its mission of Bringing Christ to the Nations—and the Nations to the Church. More information can be found here: https://www.lhm.org/lent/