Today will be very busy, so instead of lying in bed till the last possible moment, I got up early then, instead of reducing prayer and reading to an absolute minimum, spent more time on both. It is something on which Luther and I agree. The busier we are, the more necessary prayer and lectio divina are — and by prayer, I don’t mean telling the Almighty what to do or asking him to endorse our ideas or bless our plans but simply handing everything over to him and waiting on his word. Reading is an essential part of this process, otherwise we end up cocooned in a little world of our own making and that is A Very Bad Idea indeed. We end up spinning round and round, like a a caged animal on an exercise wheel.
By this stage of Lent, it is easy to convince ourselves that we have a lot of important things to do, and it is all for the glory of God. It is therefore tempting to postpone or even omit the apparently fruitless exercise of prayer. (In the monastery, it is often lectio divina that gets sacrificed, probably becauser that requires obvious effort rather than the less obvious effort required by prayer.) Doing so will only make things worse. We will lose touch with the ground of our being. So, if you find yourself getting busier and busier, do, please, try to stop a moment and turn to the Lord. It is the only way of allowing Lent to do its work in us, the only sure way of reaching the blessed feast of Easter.