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Staying Focused in Prayer, Lessons from My Lenten Discipline

 

Do you struggle with staying focused while you pray? You aren’t alone. In fact, this is the number one prayer problem people share with me. This shouldn’t surprise us in a culture that constantly interrupts us by texts, notifications, commercials every seven minutes on television and a host of other distractions. It’s a wonder anyone can focus.

Good news -You don’t have to be a victim to your wandering thoughts. With a few simple strategies even the most ADD person can reign their thoughts in and spend quality time with God in prayer. I was reminded of this simple fact recently when focus became a HUGE problem for me over the past four weeks. Here’s what happened and how I fixed

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My Lenten Spiritual Discipline, Why And How I Am Doing It

Lenten Spiritual Discipline, Memorizing Scripture, The Sermon On The Mount

After a lot of soul searching and prayer I have decided to memorize scripture for the next 40 days. Specifically, I’ll memorize the Sermon on The Mount, Matthew chapters 5-7, and live out lessons from it each day.
 

Why You Should Memorize Scripture

One of my friends on Facebook asked why I wanted to memorize scripture. My response was,

Whenever you dive deeply enough into a lengthy piece to memorize it, I find that you’ve truly internalized it and when that happens it shapes your behavior. Also, pieces of it leap to mind when you really need it. The bible talks

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18 Free Spiritual Discipline Ideas You Can Use for Lent

Lent starts one week from today. Traditionally for churches that observe Lent, it is a time of reflecting on Christ’s sacrifice for our sins and a time of repentance. Often this season is marked by fasting or giving up something.
 
Lent has become THE most transformative part of the year for me because starting 7 or 8 years ago, I began adopting a transformative discipline for 40 days. I have done everything from praying for an hour a day to giving up use of my car.
 
Last year, I released a packet of 18 reproducible handouts of various disciplines that churches are welcome to copy and distribute within their congregation. The disciplines are a mix of study, prayer, and action opportunities. I am

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A quick reflection on my Lenten journey.

I love the journey of Lent and the joy of Easter. If you adopted some form of discipline during this season of repentance and reflecting on Christ’s passion, I pray that God has blessed you richly.
 
Personally, mine has been a bit of a roller coaster ride. I chose to work on two things: praising God and resting. In terms of praising God, I have been spending prayer time in my prayer closet everyday and write out prayers of praise as part of that devotional time. Specifically, for my prayers I have been beginning with telling God I Love Him, honoring God for who God is, and honoring God for what God does.
 
Working at this for almost 40 days now has been

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Lessons from Lent

This year for Lent I crafted and led an online Bible mentoring program for 3 college students. I have wanted to develop a ministry like this for some time. My goal was to spend at least 30-60 minutes a day on it. I dubbed it the Practical Disciple Bible Coaching program. So here is what it looked like.
 
PD BiBle Coaching in a Nutshell

  • Weekly emailed learning modules
  • Process-oriented content i.e. provide tools for equipping rather than just information
  • A password protected website of resources, links, modules, etc.
  • A conference call system for coaching
  • Multimedia content, i.e. video, audio, and text
  • Both embedded and downloadable media for easy access.
  • Action-the oriented content

 
So how did it go?

Putting together the initial structure was a huge undertaking that I had to pull off in under

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As Lent draws to a close: evaluate and grow

We have only a few days of Lent left. Many of you adopted disciplines or gave some thing up. I hope that has gone very well for you. If not, you can still benefit from the experience. I have discovered that there is as much learning to be done in reflecting upon your Lenten experience afterwards as there is during it. This is particularly true if you had a bad experience or feel you failed. I highly encouraged you this weekend or on Easter day to reflect on the season of Lent and journal about your experience. Journaling will push you to clarify what you have learned.

Here are 10 questions to consider.

  1. On a scale of 1 to 10 how would you rate your

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