Take the 40 Day Prayer Pledge this Lent
The Prayer Pledge Introduction
Prayer, for Christians, is a conversation with God. It’s an ongoing conversation that gives us a chance to know God better. It also gives God a chance to touch our souls with His grace. That’s the real source of inner strength and wisdom, which we need so that we can find and follow God’s plan for our lives. Following His plan is the only way to find lasting meaning and true joy, both here on earth, and forever in heaven.
But our lives are so noisy that the conversation of prayer easily breaks down. When you take the Prayer Pledge, you are committing to doing your part to get it going again and keep it going. If you do your part, God will do His. As the Bible says: Draw close to God, and he will draw close to you (James 4:8).
Take the Prayer Pledge, and talk to God every day for forty days, and watch what happens. Noah spent forty days with God in the Ark during the flood. Moses spent forty days on the mountain with God. Jesus spent forty days praying and fasting in the desert, preparing his soul for the mission ahead of him. You can do the same. Take five minutes every day just to be with God, follow the guidelines on prayer, and share what you discover.
Let the adventure begin!
Father John Bartunek, LC ThD RCSpirituality.org
Guiding you through a Prayerful 40 days
READY (1 minute) Find a quiet place. Close your eyes, or look at something beautiful from nature or art. Remind yourself that God is with you, right beside you, eager to have this conversation.
SET (1 minute) THANK God for a blessing that He has given you. It could be a little or a big one, from yesterday or from a long time ago.
ASK God for something that you or someone you care about really needs.
OPEN your heart to hear His Word: “Speak, Lord: your servant is listening” (1 Samuel 3:10)
GO (3 minutes) READ each day's short passage from the Bible on our blog. The Bible is God’s Inspired Word; It is one of the ways he speaks to us in the conversation of prayer.
REFLECT on what it means, what it tells you about God and God’s vision for your life. You may write your daily reflections in a journal. Start the day allowing your conversation to flow into your journal. Then, bring his word and your conversation into your day. Remind yourself to be aware of his presence.
RESPOND in your heart by talking to God about what struck you most. This might mean praising God for his goodness and power, expressing sorrow for your own sins, thanking him for blessings, or asking him for grace. You may finish with the suggested final prayer but be sure to mean what you say as you pray it. Remember, this is a conversation with God.