|At 3:05 pm each day….PRAY! The 40 days of Lent (which will begin on Ash Wednesday, March 5th this year) is a time to put extra emphasis our spiritual engagement with God. Lent has been a time we are encouraged to do that through the use of traditional spiritual practices of prayer, sacrificial living and giving, and attention to God’s holy Word. As I have thought about how I personally will spend this holy time, I have decided to revisit a practice that has allowed the Lord to be very powerful in engaging my spirit in the past…through a prayer practice. I am inviting you to join me.
Prayer takes deliberate work and time. That’s why I have appreciated what Martin Luther, the great reformer, is quoted as saying: “I have so much to do today. I’ll need to spend another hour on my knees (in prayer).” To him, prayer was not a mechanical duty but a source of power in releasing and multiplying energies to meet the challenges of a full life. Without that deliberate time to engage the power of God within him, Luther found himself time and again to be that much less effective in living. For us prayer can be a significant source of power, for through it we are connected with our powerful and loving Lord and God.
In the past I have been aided by designating a specific (and sometimes unusual) time daily to stop whatever I am about and pray. Since the start of Lent is on March 5th (03/05), I have decided that for me that time each day will be 3:05 pm. and invite you to join me in praying each day at that time as well. My discipline will be that I will set my phone alarm to ring each afternoon at 3:05. At that time I vow to pray for at least a minute. The prayer time will include: the Lord’s Prayer; a naming of at least one other person I am aware of in special need of God’s engagement; a circumstance/situation in our world that I feel needs God’s involvement; and a payer for our community of faith at Jordan. Depending on where and what I am involved it at that time. I might be blessed with more than a minute (and will use it for more prayer time), but that minute at the very least. Then, periodically, over the next 40 days of Lent I will ask how it’s going for you and I invite you to ask the same of me.
So, at 3:05 each day…PRAY!
In this Lenten practice I trust a connection will be established through which God can engage us with a source of renewed spiritual power, releasing and multiplying energies within us to meet the challenges of our full lives and world.
In His name,
Rev. Jimmy Lee Werley