Name: Tristan An
Lenten Commitment: Have a time of prayer every day and keep a journal to write about my prayers and Lent experience
Hello!! For this year’s Lent, I have decided to take on the challenge of praying seriously at least once a day and keeping a journal where I can write about my prayers and any more challenges I may face during Lent.
I chose this because I was reminded of Hank TE’s soccer phenom student, Sam Coffey, who shared her own prayer journal with us on one Friday service. Through this, I hope to build my relationship with God and to remind myself of his presence and guidance in our lives.
For the past couple of months, I have been struggling to pray before every meal, pray before I go to sleep, pray right after I wake up. And I have realized that, although it is good to pray often, I am not spending meaningful time praying to God because it is very difficult to pray slowly and meaningfully when you have a plate of food in front of you.
And throughout the 8th and 9th grades, I have lacked in accepting God’s guidance and taking worship seriously. And this was reflected in the rest of my life too.
Oftentimes, I would do mediocrely on tests, have bad basketball games, perform poorly on the praise team, and overall lacked the energy I had in 6th and 7th grade when I truly realized God loves for me and thought of him every day.
And while I would get a short spiritual high after retreats and missions, I want my faith and trust in God to be more consistent every day. It is so amazing to know that God is guiding your life and taking you through a long everlasting spiritual road.
Over the past week, my life has been pretty miserable. I got a bad cold, then a fever, and a sore throat, in the course of 3 days! And this has caused me to PROCRASTINATE. (If you read my Lent reflection from last year, you will get what I mean.)
I thought to myself several times throughout these past few days whether God might be punishing me for something. What I think God is trying to tell me that I was missing something in my life and that was…. God.
My goals for this year’s Lent are to build a good habit of praying and documenting it to help me build a stronger relationship with God. I believe that prayer can remind me of God’s everlasting love and guidance and I hope you guys will also add this to your daily life. I will pray for all of you throughout Lent, and I will pray that all of you guys will grow closer to God! Love you all!!
This post is a part of DSYG’s Lent Reflections series meant to educate and inspire readers on the season of Lent and its value in any christian’s relationship with Christ. For more information on this series, click here.
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