Check out our 2018 Lenten Guide for information about embarking on a FastPrayGive journey with us.
Monday, February 26
Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening. — Mohandas Gandhi
Fast from sensory overload. For one hour use neither your sight nor hearing. (Use a blindfold or earplugs.)
Pray in thanksgiving for the gifts of sight and hearing and pray for those who are blind or deaf.
Give some of your time to an organization for the blind and deaf (like Lighthouse International or Recording for the Blind )
Tuesday, February 27
We must recognize prayer as an instrument of God’s will. Therefore, we pray that God’s will may be done throughout the world… and in intercessory prayer we bring people… from around the world… into the presence of God. — Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Fast from cursing today.
Pray that God guide your words and actions so that you always profess kindness, not judgment.
Give $1 for every curse to your FastPrayGive Bowl — if you really struggle with this, then add 50 cents for every obscenity
Wednesday, February 28
Tonight at sundown until sundown tomorrow evening is Purim. This Jewish holiday is one of many that celebrates the deliverance of the Jewish people from a threat — in this case, the 6th Century BCE Persian vizier Haman’s plan to exterminate the Jews, described in the Book of Esther. Interesting in relation to Lent is that this holiday is honored by celebrating noisily and publicly — sometimes including excessive drinking and street parades in masks and crazy costumes — a bit like Mardi Gras. (Of course, we are also coming up on Passover. Since the Last Supper was a Passover Seder, though the Hebrew and Roman calendars are different, Easter and Passover always occur around the same time of year.)
Fast from an electronic habit by 50% (cell phone, internet etc.)
Pray for people who don’t have access to electricity or any kind of technology that makes our life easier.
Give that extra time to talk to someone important and special in your life and add $1 to your FastPrayGive Bowl.
Thursday, March 1
I have had prayers answered — most strangely so sometimes — but I think our heavenly Father’s loving-kindness has been even more evident in what He has refused me. — Lewis Carroll
Fast from vanity today. And use one less beauty product or decrease your time in the shower by 50%.
Pray for those who struggle with self-confidence, including yourself.
Give a compliment to somebody else on their appearance.
Friday, March 2
It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for powers equal to our tasks, to go forward with a great desire forever beating at the door of our hearts as we travel toward our distant goal. — Helen Keller
Fast from any unnecessary talking. If your day is filled with idle chatter (both verbal and electronic), try to speak only when necessary and only about significant things.
Pray for 15 minutes in purposeful silence, trying to quiet your mind and listen to how God might be speaking to you in your life.
Give a small donation or help to a group that has no voice. Alternatively, drop $2 in your FastPrayGive Bowl.
Saturday, March 3
I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had absolutely no other place to go. — Abraham Lincoln
Fast from your daily habit completely. For example, avoid ordering coffee, tea etc. for the day.
Pray in reflection for 5 minutes on what is truly necessary in your life.
Give the money saved by abstaining to your FastPrayGive Bowl.
Sunday, March 4
If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.
— John Lennon
Fast from your favorite TV show.
Pray for those served by a favorite cause.
Give the hour saved from TV to that cause in any way you wish — e.g., write a letter to Congress on behalf of the unborn, volunteer at the local soup kitchen, work at an after-school program for children at risk.