This third Sunday in Lent is an opportune time to evaluate how our Lenten journey is progressing. Ash Wednesday and all the resolutions that we made on that solemn day are no longer quite so sharply defined in our minds and we are dealing with the reality of implementing the holy and noble practices that we sincerely intended to offer in atonement for our sins.
For many of us, the journey is becoming harder. It is not that we do not want to make sacrifices or that we do not seek to draw closer to our God. It is just that the affairs of the world have begun to intrude and what appeared so vital and so desirable just three weeks ago is being crowded out by other concerns and other distractions.
It is so difficult to find adequate time and even space to increase and to improve our prayer life. Perhaps our prayer time is tedious, monotonous, a meaningless repetition of words which really do not reach our God because we find it so hard to focus on what we are saying. Barriers, internal and external, are raised defiantly to frustrate the intimacy that we seek with the Saviour. Perhaps we have begun to doubt the real efficacy of prayer.