A very ancient practice during Lent and of many saints throughout the ages emphasizes additional time and effort given over to prayer, especially quiet prayer of the heart. A silent heart open to the spirit renders us particularly ready to receive what God has to offer and to accept what is given to us in God’s word. We must become poor in Spirit and silent in prayer in waiting for the Word because the Word is waiting for us.
Traditional Lenten practice is to cut out various forms of entertainment such as TV, movies, etc. They are fillers in life that can cause distraction from the focus on our spiritual life. Without those fillers, we can give the Spirit a chance to bond with our God.
Spending more time with others at Lenten services at church throughout the week provides the needed focus and encouragement for silent prayer as well as service that we can provide to our neighbor.
Matthew 6:6 – But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.