As I was doing some reflecting in conjunction with my Lent reading this morning, the thought of giving up something for 40 days during this Lent season seemed to me at first a little trivial. The thought of giving up sweets (or whatever we give up) seem pale in comparison to Jesus sacrificing everything. After having this thought it dawned on me that this perception was coming from a person (myself) who has never observed Lent until now and this sort of cynical attitude may actually hinder my openness to God during the weeks ahead. So my prayer for Lent is this:
Lord, may I come into this Lent season wide open.
May I be open to things I don’t understand.
May I be open to a movement of you that is new and different.
May I experience you in new and fresh ways.
May your Spirit work in my life in whatever ways you see fit.
Lord, I submit myself to you.