It's a little bit of an unusual way to "give something up" for Lent, but I believe that in fasting from control, popularity, expectations, enemies, superiority and even our own lives, we will find a freedom that can be a resurrection.
We turn to God in prayer to be released from this heaviness. On Sunday, as we began contemplation of how we can give up control of what we want, and instead ask what God wants of us, there is no better prayer practice than silence.
This is the ultimate release of control to God.
In this type of prayer, we don't go to the Holy One asking for blessings or wisdom or even healing. We don't have confession or even petition in the quiet. Instead, we just listen, and allow ourselves to simply "be" in God's presence. It allows God to do God's best work, as we become fully open and available to the movement of the Holy Spirit.
Now if you are like me, you might have "monkey mind," during these moments of silence. This is when the to do list keeps running and you can't quiet your mind as it swings from thought to thought. Just let those thoughts come to you and then let them pass right out of your mind. Find a focus of some kind. A perfect verse to focus on is one that a friend recommended recently. She shared the verse, "Be still, and know that I am God." (Psalm 46:10). With each portion of the verse, you can reflect on what it means for God to be silent and still with you. I invite you to try it this week in your prayer time. After each phrase, simply let yourself reflect on the words and allow God to speak to you in the silence.
Be still, and know that I am God.
Be still, and know that I am.
Be still, and know.