Check out our 2018 Lenten Guide for information about embarking on a FastPrayGive journey with us.
Monday, March 5
Why is it so important that you are with God and God alone on the mountain top? It’s important because it’s the place in which you can listen to the voice of the One who calls you the beloved. To pray is to listen to the One who calls you “my beloved daughter,” “my beloved son,” “my beloved child.” To pray is to let that voice speak to the center of your being, to your guts, and let that voice resound in your whole being. — Henri Nouwen
Fast from thoughtlessness.
Pray for five minute on the gifts or the people in your life you have been given that you sometimes take for granted.
Give genuine compliments to two people you encounter and perform at least one small act of kindness.
Tuesday, March 6
The relationship to one’s fellow man is the relationship of prayer, the relationship to oneself is the relationship of striving; it is from prayer that one draws the strength for one’s striving. — Franz Kafka
Fast from television and pick up a book to educate yourself.
Pray for all those who do not have access to quality education.
Give old books you’ve already read to your local library, hospitals, women’s or homeless shelters, children’s reading or after school programs, and senior centers. Or you can donate books to our soldiers overseas by going to booksforsoldiers.com.
Wednesday, March 7
There are thoughts which are prayers. There are moments when, whatever the posture of the body, the soul is on its knees. — Victor Hugo
Fast from self-centeredness.
Pray today for someone you know who is suffering from a physical ailment or currently in a hospital.
Give your time to visit someone in the hospital or visit someone who is sick or in a nursing home. If you don’t know anyone then give $10 to your FastPrayGive Bowl.
Thursday, March 8
Giving frees us from the familiar territory of our own needs by opening our mind to the unexplained worlds occupied by the needs of others. — Barbara Bush
Fast from bending the truth and saying “white lies.”
Pray for 3 minutes for a spirit of honesty and integrity in all your dealings.
Give of your time to rectify a past lie or deceit.
Friday, March 9
Is not prayer also a study of truth — a sally of the soul into the unfound infinite? No man ever prayed heartily, without learning something. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
Fast from winning — an argument, your place in line.
Pray for greater humility.
Give time to help somebody in a task that you excel at.
Saturday, March 10
This is what you shall do: love the earth and sun, and animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence towards the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown, or to any man or number of men; go freely with the powerful uneducated persons, and with the young, and mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, reexamine all you have been told at school or church, or in any books, and dismiss whatever insults your soul. — Walt Whitman
Fast from buying a morning paper and read it online instead.
Pray about whoever needs help in the world that you have read about in the news.
Give the cost of the print edition of the newspaper to your FastPrayGive Bowl.
Sunday, March 11
In the Lord’s Prayer, the first petition is for daily bread. No one can worship God or love his neighbor on an empty stomach. — Woodrow Wilson
Fast from eating any kind of bread today.
Pray for those who don’t have the basic staples of nutrition.
Give the cost of the bread or at least $2 to your FastPrayGive Bowl.