We are in a season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. What could you do right now – this very instant – to send God a note saying how much you appreciate him?
Prayer is easy. Just say it right now. Two seconds is all – on your way to use the restroom. Just say thanks – or say the name of Jesus – say a prayer for the person annoying you. Anything – like sending a quick text to someone you love just so they know that you are thinking of them.
Fasting – pour out the rest of that coffee. It’s getting cold anyway. Pass up the treat in the lunch room or kitchen counter that is a left over from Fat Tuesday. Let someone else eat it. Pass on the smoking break, the gossip, the next five minutes surfing on the computer, the television half hour, give something up and tell God, “I’m doing it for you – I’m sacrificing for you.”
Almsgiving – Set a dollar aside right now. Reach in to your pocket and set aside a dollar and ask God to tell you how to use it. Let him bring someone to mind (maybe much later) that needs a dollar and know that this is set aside for that person – even if it is someone of means and he is looking for a dollar to pay for a snack out of a machine – or to put in your Operation Rice Bowl later – it is set aside. Sometimes it is more important for you to give something away than for the right person to get it. Or maybe pack up some of the clothes that you no longer use – or some trinket on your desk – give it away.
Today is the day for prayer, fasting, and almsgiving – for telling God in a special way that you love Him.