Let go of one thing so that you can make space to pick up another. Look back over the list again and notice if one or more lines seem to resonate with you. If so, ask the Lord if He is leading you to take the next 37 days to practice this sort of fast. As for me, while I have yet to land on what I will let go, I know the thing I will pick up is prayer. I know this because of what God has been saying to me in my Bible reading.
You may remember how I recently wrote about Luke’s observation that Jesus regularly withdrew to lonely places so that He could pray. This is stunning to me. Jesus regularly withdrew from His pressing schedule to go to the wilderness and pray. This must have been inconvenient for Him and many probably were frustrated that He did it (“Everyone is looking for you!” Mark 1:37). Even though cultural pressures were against Him, prayer was a high enough priority for Him that He made time and space for it. If Jesus needed to do this, how much more do I?
Jesus regularly withdrew to pray. This statement gripped me and would not let me go. Well, it still has me. So the question I have to answer is not what will I add but what can I cut out to make space to regularly withdraw for prayer this season? I’ll think about this over the next couple of days and see what develops.
What about you? What has the Lord been saying to you through your Bible reading and how might those personal messages be repurposed and applied during this Lenten season? No matter how you answer that question, enter in with a smile on your face and the knowledge of God’s grace. He will guide your steps. The Lenten season was made for you, not you for the Lenten season. So use this time to enjoy the Lord as He reveals new things about yourself and Himself in the weeks ahead.
May you grow in the knowledge of just how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ for you!
P.S. Either as an addition to your plan or as a stand-alone observance this Lenten season, I recommend the daily online Lenten devotional from Biola University. You can find it here: http://ccca.biola.edu/events/2020/feb/26/2020-lent-project-online-devotional-series/