Lenten 2021 (Just A Little Different)
Markeytta N. Witherspoon
For about 10 years now, I have faithfully participated in Lent, taking away different things that I thought were a vice holding me back from having a closer relationship with God. The definition of Lent is a 40-day season of prayer and fasting. I have done fasting of things like sodas, sugar, people, gossip but this year we are fulfilling Lent with 40 days of prayer. I was in prayer about how I wanted this to look for me. Because Lent is a personal promise you make for 40 days, so of course you have to make it good. In my journaling, I realized that Lent is not always about taking something away. It is also about adding things in. My prayers for 40 days will be to strengthen my prayer life.
This past year has caused us to lean not on our own understanding but ask A LOT of God. We have seen tornados, floods, disease, and death on every turn. We have been a part of the worst political term we have seen in decades. Life as we know it has changed and is changing daily. That is why I asked my Facebook family to take part in this journey me. For past eight days, we have been asked to pray at 12 noon for specific topics/concerns. I have
taken this a step further and put my prayer and request on Facebook. I do this to encourage the use of prayer. Many are hesitant in this time to turn to prayer. They believe that God is not listening, but in fact He is! This is the time to test the real soldiers. By using my platform, I help others see that you do not have to be perfect, you can be incomplete, and still come to Jesus. The theory is if you do something consecutively for 21 days it will become habit. I need for prayer to be a habit not a chore. We all need prayer in some form or fashion, take this time to reflect on areas of your spiritual life that need a boost. My prayer is to see the blessings of things prayed for. Not only in my life but in the life of others. Our prayers for others turn into blessings and answers for us.
“For I know the plans I have for you, “Declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”