“Very early in the morning while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” Mark 1:35

This year as I began to prepare for Lent, it has been heavy on my heart that I need to be more diligent/consistent/mindful when it comes to spending time in prayer.

God called me not to give something up this year, but to give of something, my time, in order to gain more of him.

I’m going to wake up early and to sit with him for 40 minutes everyday, for the next 40 days. To actively listen for him and to him. To slow my heart, my head, and my body. No email, no Facebook, no Instagram, just coffee and quiet.

Martin Luther said, “I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.” Luther knew this was the most important part of his day.

This is what I need as I move toward Easter and reflect on Christ’s death on the cross, as I self-examine: more of him and less of everything else. 

Would you like to join me?

Don’t be put off by the 40 minutes, if that is too much for you, do a minute a day building up to forty, do ten minutes. Mold it to fit your life/schedule. I’m going to get up early, and sit in a solitary place (my living room). But you don’t have to. You can do it before bed or at lunch.

If you want to join with me it’s simple:
1)Commit to meeting with him for the next 40 days in whatever way and however long he is leading you.

There is nothing to fill out, nothing to buy, nothing to give up.  Just him and you and time.

Check back in here every so often as I post throughout my journey and encourage others who are doing the same.
If you do decide to join me I’d love if you would let me know so I can be praying for you. Comment below or shoot me an email alana@alanadawson.com.