I don’t know if you caught the end of my last post, but I have a plan for Lent.
Lent lasts 46 days from Ash Wednesday until midnight the night before Easter Sunday (Holy Saturday). If you take out the six Mondays during Lent that I will continue to write the “Weekly Saint” series, we’ll have 4o days to explore our world.
Each day I will randomly open my copy of Jason Mandryk’s Operation World. We’ll explore whatever country I open to. We’ll check in with what’s happening (good and bad) with our fellow Christians, learn some interesting facts, and have a feature recipe, craft or some other activity that is unique to that country. And of course, we’ll pray together for that country and our brothers and sisters in Christ there.
I can’t think of a better way to draw closer to Jesus during Lent than honoring his commands to pray for his people and the nations.
Remember those in prison as though you were in prison with them; those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured. – Hebrews 13:3
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. – Ephesians 6:18
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. – 1 Tim. 2:1-2