Scripture: Ephesians 6:18

Years ago, I felt prompted to focus more on spiritual disciplines during the Lenten season, instead of giving up something, as had been my usual Lenten habit.

I felt the need to enhance my prayer life, recognizing I’d fallen into a rut.

My daily practice of reading Scripture and devotions, followed by prayer, had become routine at times in the busyness of my days.

So, I contemplated discussions on prayer from previous Bible studies I’d participated in, along with aspects of monastic prayer life and ancient prayer patterns that I’d studied while taking seminary classes.

I decided to center my Lenten journey on expanding daily prayers.

Far be it from anything “sacrificed,” I made time out of seemingly already maxed out days of working, caring for my family, and church and community service projects for Jesus.

I wanted and needed to spend more time with Jesus.

That Lenten season, I focused on centering prayer, contemplative prayer, and Collects with my Anglican prayer beads, the monastic practice of Lectio Divina, in addition to my ‘regular’ daily Scripture and devotional readings.

I even tried times of leaving my usual structured prayer patterns for more informal conversations with our Savior.

The outcome was a Lenten journey I won’t forget and one that I recommend.

I am grateful for dedicated time to center more diligently on the One who gave all for us.

Lord, may we stay alert and prayerfully centered on you every day of our lives. Amen.

Julie Erickson, Olathe, KS

A daily Lenten devotional reprinted with permission from The Society of St. Andrew to inspire help sharing nourishing food with neighbors in need. 

Every $1 donated provides more than 40 servings to those in greatest need. A donation of $47 for the 47 days in Lent provides more than 1,880 servings. 

What a way to celebrate the resurrection of hope and lift the cup of salvation for our hungry neighbors! 

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