I did not grow up in the church, so I really had no clue what Lent was all about when I was a kid.  But I remember being asked by some of the neighborhood kids, “What are you giving up for Lent?”  I never gave anything up for Lent; just didn’t make good sense to me.  I remember, though, some of the kids giving up candy, others gave up soda pop, or gum.  So Lent, for them, was a countdown of the days till Easter, so they could have back whatever they had given up.  
I remember some adults gave up things they considered to be bad habits, like cussing or smoking.  I suppose they couldn’t wait till Easter either, so they could take their bad habits up again.
During this season of Lent, consider taking up something, rather than giving up something.  Rather than giving up a bad habit, take up the habit of spending time in God’s Word and in prayer, daily.  If this is a habit you have already taken up, share with someone else how meaningful it is to you.
A habit is defined as a behavior pattern acquired by frequent repetition.  I read somewhere that it takes 21 days to form a habit.  Since Lent is a 40 day period (not including Sundays) you have plenty of time to make prayer and Scripture reading a habit.
In John 8:31, Jesus said, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”  The key is the word “continue.”  Not just once in a while or when a need comes up, but with frequent repetition.  Continue.
Jesus also talks about prayer.  In Matthew 6, Jesus says not to make a show of prayer, not to heap up empty phrases, but to go into your room and shut the door.  Make prayer personal.  The scriptures are clear that Jesus went off by himself many times to pray.  Again, think frequent repetition.
Lent is a time to reflect on our relationship with our God, who loves us so much that he came to dwell among us, taught us how to be in right relationship with him, died on the cross to show us the depths of his love for us, and defeated death in resurrection, so that we may be forgiven and have eternal life.
The foundation of any relationship is communication.  God communicates with us through God’s Word and through prayer.  But communication requires a response.  If you are not already spending time daily in God’s Word and in prayer, Lent is a good time to take up the habit.