Lent is a time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. It is a time to get ready for Easter. A good start is to make a plan which includes, prayer, fasting, almsgiving and going to reconciliation. It is recommended that during Lent you spend time talking with and listening to the Lord in regular prayer. Keep it simple. Try to pray 5 or 10 minutes a day. Set aside a specific time to pray. Make it regular, like an appointment, to meet with the Lord. If you keep your appointments to talk with God, you will find that fasting and almsgiving become a greater blessing.
Prayer – Set a time each day to pray and commit to a set amount of time. Make a list of people you can pray for. Don’t forget to listen to God during your prayer time. Prayer is the surest way to grow closer to the Lord.
Fasting—What will you give up? Do you have something you can sacrifice for this time of repentance? Give glory to God and offer up your suffering.
Almsgiving-- Be creative in finding new ways to be kind to others and keep it between you and the Lord so that what you do will go unnoticed. Jesus tells us, “Be on guard against performing religious acts for people to see” (Matthew 6:1). Jesus wants us to be invisible. He also advises, “Do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing” (Matthew 6:3) and give God the glory!
Go to Reconciliation—Draw closer to God by receiving mercy and forgiveness from your sins. We are sinners in need of a Savior and he desires to heal and deliver us from sin. God wants to help us on the path that leads to life, leads to blessings, and gives us peace. However, you must take the steps to receive His forgiveness. There are many days and times for reconciliation during Lent. Plan to go.