Lent survival tip No. 7: Pencil God in with this 5-5-5 approach

Especially during Lent, many people repeatedly make an effort to pray more, but life repeatedly gets in the way. Work, friends, family, activities, hobbies. Schedules. Is God on your schedule? If not, try penciling him in. Just like any important person in your life, it takes a concerted effort and a bit of a plan to make the relationship work.

Start small, with maybe 15 minutes of personal prayer time each day. While always leaving room for the Holy Spirit to move in prayer, you can even try scheduling within the 15 minutes. You can split it into three 5-minute sections: Talking, listening and adoring.
  • Talking. Tell God about your day. Share your struggles. Question him about your doubts. Ask for your needs. Thank him for your blessings.
  • Listening. Open your mind and heart to the Lord. Be silent, and simply listen. You could take this time to read a short passage from Scripture and let God speak to you through it. 
  • Adoring. Love God for who he is, not for anything he has done for you, but simply because he is God. You can do this verbally, through appropriate Psalms or other Scripture passages or even through song.

Give it a try, and let me know how it goes. Any other ideas? Share in the comments below!

Each week during Lent I am sharing a quick tip on each of the three disciplines of the season: prayer, fasting and almsgiving. So tune in throughout the coming weeks for more ideas! I hope this third week of Lent is fruitful!

Jennifer Rey is the web editor of Our Sunday Visitor Publishing.