Are you praying on a regular basis? Are you meeting Him and sharing your heart? Whether you are or you aren't, we all need help when it comes to a consistent and meaningful prayer life.
Prayer is one of the most important things a Christian can do. It is a time we are communicating with God, and while there is deep theological meaning in prayer, it doesn’t have to be something that is complicated or difficult. It’s something anyone can do anywhere at any time.
Lent is 40 days long - ending on the Saturday before Easter. You may wonder how Lent can be 40 days if Ash Wednesday is 46 days before Easter. That is because the Lenten fast does not include Sundays, which are considered feast days (a celebration of the resurrection)—so the six Sundays before Easter are omitted from the 40-day observance of fasting. The word “lent” comes from an old-English word that means “lengthen,” and refers to the days that are growing longer as the seasons change from winter to spring.
Lent is a season when we remember not only the 40 days of Jesus’s fasting and temptation in the wilderness before His ministry, but also we look towards His suffering and death on the cross for our sins. We anticipate His resurrection, but this is a season of penitence: of confession, repentance, of turning away from our sins and seeking to live more closely in fellowship with the Lord.
Lent is a season that Christians from a wide variety of faith traditions observe and practice – including Methodists - and have done so for centuries. We begin with a service on Ash Wednesday, which is both solemn and joyful: we look inward as we confess our sins, and outward towards the One who forgives and gives us a new beginning. It includes Maundy Thursday (“maundy” comes from the Latin “mandamus” meaning commandment, and refers to Jesus’s words at the Last Supper: “A new commandment I give you, that you love one another as I have loved you.” John 13:34) and Good Friday, where we remember Jesus’ death by crucifixion.
Lent is a holy time, and is meant to be a time of prayer, reflection, extra giving to the poor, and other spiritual disciplines. When entered into and lived out with a proper perspective, it can be life-changing.
To Give Up To Add/Gain
Music/Podcasts in the car Quiet time for reflection and prayer
Complaining/negative speech Positive speech
Phone scrolling Reading books
All phones at meals Interaction with people
Holding a grudge Forgiveness (if possible, tell the person or write a letter)
Television/screens Quiet, reading, board games, family time
Fast food/junk food Real food
Clutter/Extra clothes/Stuff Freedom from Stuff (suggestion: plan to give your extra
things to the Asbury Garage Sale!)
Extra sleep Time with the Lord
Frivolous Spending Give extra to Asbury Missions; New Covenant Food
Bank; Embrace of Wichita
Foul Language Praising God; Gratitude
At Asbury, we believe that we are called to pray and pray for each other. We take that task very seriously. Please click below to view the current public Asbury Prayer List. And we invite you to share your prayer requests -- either public or confidential -- with us so we can be praying for you.
Please click the button below to fill out the form with your prayer request. Thank you for sharing and know your concerns and joys will be prayed over