For the next sixty seconds, please do not think about bananas…
O.K., time’s up! What did you think about? If you are like most of us, it was a yellow tropical fruit. And how is that Lenten fast coming? It’s been a few days now. What have you been thinking about? Have your thoughts been consumed by visions of chocolate, a computer game, or the urge to gossip? Perhaps your Lenten sacrifice is time to be dedicated to prayer, or scripture reading, or service. Are you thinking about the prayer, scripture or serving or are you thinking about how you are going to get everything done now that you have dedicated that time to something else? If we aren’t careful, our Lenten fast or sacrifice can become one big banana!
This happens when we think we can use willpower to observe Lent, or make any other change in our lives. In her book, Paths to Prayer, Patricia Brown writes, “Willpower is not comparable to prayer. Willpower is momentary; it never sustains you in the long run. Prayer however, gives you access to infinite power with no limit….the strength we receive through fasting prayer encourages us day and night and leads us to abundant life.” As you move through this season of Lent, remember to rely on the infinite power of prayer, and let your fast or sacrifice bring you closer to the source of that power, a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.
– Jennifer Creagar