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Lent: My 40/40/40 Prayer Pact

lentAlthough this whole Lent deal is far from a new season to me, I somehow fail to properly plan until Ash Wednesday springs upon me in its dusty, stark, post-Mardi-Gras-glitz-and-sugar-hangover-way. This year I am working on being more intentional about starting my Lent with a sense of readiness. Nevermind the fact that an assortment of ideas and distractions ambush my brain while I sit at my desk attempting to do my business tax prep for my CPA, but this idea I knew was inspired…

But let me interrupt this inspiration banter with: This is your 9 DAYS until Lent starts countdown!

Now back to what the Spirit stirred up. This isn’t a give up chocolate kind of Lenten offering (and yes I love chocolate). I wanted to dig deeper in prayer, giving people the assurance that they were specifically being prayed for, their intentions, by name, during this Lent.

So, I am starting a LENTEN PRAYER PACT 40 for 40 in 40:

40 prayer intentions

For 40 people

In 40 days

Each of 40 days of Lent will be dedicated to one of the 40 specific prayer intentions from 40 different people. Whether you are a friend, or I have never met you, that makes no difference – sign up and you are on my 40/40/40 list this Lent and I will commit to praying for you. Note, I will never share or publish your prayer intentions, unless you want me to and give me express permission.

WHAT IS THE 40/40/40 LENT PRAYER PACT?

Over 40 days, I will be devoting a day to prayer for each participant and your prayer intention during my Lenten journey. A pact is defined as a formal agreement between individuals or parties, and I formally agree to pray for 40 people’s intentions over 40 days.

WHY DID YOU CREATE THE PACT?

There is such a power and gift in intercessory prayer. Offering prayers on the behalf of others is also a way to be focused on the needs of others. It reaps graces for those in need. My hope is that the 40/40/40 will help me focus on others more, create a positive prayer movement, and help others along their Lenten journey.

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO HAVE YOU PRAY FOR ME?

If you’d like to be included on my 40/40/40, fill out the form below. The first 40 I will commit to pray for you by name, lifting up you intention – simple. If you are late signing up and the list is full (there are only 40 spaces after all) I may be able to coerce my husband to take you on 🙂 Or, I would encourage you to do the prayer pact with your friends and relatives yourself.

SO, HOW DO I START MY OWN 40/40/40 LENTEN PRAYER PACT?

  1. Easiest way to compile your list is to create a sign up form, like the Google form I am using below. For help, here’s a YouTube Lynda.com tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IxFeVXBwaQ, then embed it or share it with others.
  1. Share information (you have permission to use my verbiage and graphics in this post) on the prayer pact with your friends and family. Share though email, Social Media, and a blog if you have one. You can use my 40/40/40 Graphic too.
  1. Begin your prayer challenge on February 18, 2015 (Ash Wednesday) and continue through April 4, Holy Saturday. To keep yourself on track, your participant signups through Google forms can be compiled in a Google document. Next just print out and either keep your list with your Bible, tape to your mirror, or wherever/however you’ll remember to pray for your 40 participants.
  1. This takes bit of coordination, but how nice if you take the time to remind your participants on the day that you’re praying for them. That could be an email, text, post-it note, Facebook message/Tweet/Snapchat/whatevs, or something to say, “I’m praying for you on this day of the 40/40/40 challenge” or send them my Ephesians graphic at the bottom.

It’s a pretty simple concept, but I am excited to invite 40 other people along on my Lenten journey through praying for your intentions.

UPDATE: FEBRUARY 13th, I have my 40/40 for my 40 already signed up, so my form is no longer accepting submissions, sorry! 

FREE DOWNLOAD – LENTEN PRAYER PACT CALENDAR!
Click link below to download & print. Fill in the names of your participants on each of the 40 days and hang in a good reminder spot!

Lenten Calendar 2015

NEED TO GET PEOPLE TO PRAY FOR? USE THIS GRAPHIC IN YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA WITH A LINK TO YOUR SIGN-UP FORM:

lent prayers

HERE’S A FACEBOOK COVER TO USE:

Lent Facebook Cover

HERE’S A TWITTER COVER TO USE:

lenten twitter cover

LET PEOPLE KNOW YOU’RE PRAYING FOR THEM. HERE’S A “PRAYING FOR YOU” GRAPHIC YOU CAN EMAIL/TEXT/SHARE WITH THEM:

lenten prayer pact

Invite other to join the prayer pact for their Lent.

Lent prayers

Finally, you can do something special like this for your participants to remind them of your prayers during the next 40 days:

40 days of Lent

 

 

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Your Mission, Should You Choose to Accept It

How has your Lenten Journey been thus far?  We’ve pushed past the halfway point, rounding the corner of the 4th Sunday of Lent.  Now is the time where it may be tempting to turn on auto pilot and drift through.  Saturday’s first reading from Hosea was a beautiful invitation to remain steadfast:

“Come, let us return to the LORD,
it is he who has rent, but he will heal us;
he has struck us, but he will bind our wounds.
He will revive us after two days;
on the third day he will raise us up,
to live in his presence.
Let us know, let us strive to know the LORD;
as certain as the dawn is his coming,
and his judgment shines forth like the light of day!
He will come to us like the rain,
like spring rain that waters the earth.”

The Catechism also provides guidance as to what we can focus on and participate in for spiritual growth.  “The interior penance of the Christian can be expressed in many and various ways. Scripture and the Fathers insist above all on three forms, fasting, prayer, and almsgiving, which express conversion in relation to oneself, to God, and to others…The seasons and days of penance in the course of the liturgical year (Lent, and each Friday in memory of the death of the Lord) are intense moments of the Church’s penitential practice. These times are particularly appropriate for spiritual exercises, penitential liturgies, pilgrimages as signs of penance, voluntary self-denial such as fasting and almsgiving, and fraternal sharing (charitable and missionary works).”  – The Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraphs 1434, 1438

Where am I going with all of this?  Well, I’ve heard the call to return to the desert.  In about two weeks I will be setting out into the Mexican desert, joining a small group of missionaries mainly from Louisiana, to serve.  Relying on the Spirit, our hearts have been stirred up to give a gift to the Church – more details below.  As you may know, Mission work does not exist in a vacuum – there are many ways that we rely on the body of Christ to accomplish it. If your Lenten Almsgiving has been lacking, please consider contributing to our Mission.

Your Mission, Should You Choose to Accept It

  1. PRAY!  Fruitful work must be rooted in prayer.  Please pray for this mission and everything and everyone involved.
  2. Only for friends in the Eunice/Lafayette and nearby areas of Louisiana, there is an opportunity to purchase fundraiser items from the Signature Collection that Walnut Street has become known for.  Click on this menu for selections.  See order notes below as to how to proceed, and contact me to place your order (lisanch@yahoo.com).  Unfortunately these goodies aren’t able to ship at this point, hence the orders for only pick-up or delivery (within a 10 mile radius).  Thank you!
  3. Those of you who wish to make a donation, we greatly appreciate your generosity!  Checks should be made out to:  Missions of Charity and mailed to 3010 Fournerat Rd, Eunice, Louisiana 70535.  In order for me to track, thank and ensure you get a charitable donation receipt, please email me your name, address, and charitable donation amount at lisanch@yahoo.com (my Mission email).

Beyond praying for our benefactors, I also will be taking any intentions given me to intercede for throughout our mission.  Please feel free to leave a comment with your prayer intention, or to email it to my Mission email address:  lisanch@yahoo.com.

SUPPORT MISSION:  To RENEW, INSPIRE & EQUIP the Called

Playing with the Mexican Children

Playing with the Mexican Children

Missions of Charity will return to Coahuila, Mexico, to film a documentary to support future missions. Serving as a visual testimony to help bring renewal, inspiration and equip those serving and discerning to serve others. You can help by purchasing these products if you live in the Eunice, Louisiana area and/or donating monetarily.

FUNDRAISER ORDER DETAILS:

  • Place orders with the individual participants
  • Pay in advance by cash or check made payable to Missions of Charity.
  • Products will be frozen and include simple table-ready finishing instructions.
  • Deadline to order is Friday March, 19th by noon
  • Pick-up and delivery (within a 10 mile radius of the Atrium) day is Thursday, March 25th between 4:00 and 7:00 pm.
  • Questions?  Call 337-457-3772
  • All profits from the products sold are to benefit exclusively the project disclosed herein and the travel expenses of those participating on the development of the same.

From the Kitchen of Walnut Street

Enjoy proven food products from our Signature Collection meanwhile supporting this mission fundraiser

Delicious items such as…

 

  • Stuffed Sausage Cheese Bread
  • Carnita Pork Roast with Au Jus, 4# average
  • Walnut Cream Brownies
  • Irene’s Apple Nut Cake, Springtime Tulip Bundt

No gift is too small, no prayer goes unanswered.  The missionaries and those we will encounter thank you in advance for your support, friends!  And press on in your Lenten journey!

 

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