Lent: Church-Wide Focus on Prayer

For the season of Lent this year (the 40 days leading up to Easter), our church-wide focus will be on prayer. We all want to experience a deeper connection with God, but most of us don’t really know how. Join us as we explore various ways to pray – check ’em out HERE.

Intro to Prayer Practices
Color While You Pray
Engaging the Bible
Contemplative Prayer

In prayer, God invites us to come home

…home to where we belong… home to serenity and peace and joy… home to connection and acceptance and affirmation. In prayer we are invited to rest in God’s heart.

And in prayer it doesn’t matter if we have a lot of faith or not much at all, or whether we’re feeling far away from God or close, or whether we have eloquent words or fumble along… And it’s more than a laundry list of needs and desires.

It’s more like calling your BFF (for us old folks, that’s your Best Friend Forever!) and never hanging up, or spending the day together, maintaining an ongoing conversation, the kind where you don’t have to talk all the time and are just comfortable in each other’s presence.

It’s about listening… and showing up whether we’re feeling it or not… and taking the hurt we see in others and know in ourselves and giving it to God…

All that matters in prayer is that we bring our heart.*

*Language borrowed from Nathan Foster in his excellent book, The Making of an Ordinary Saint: My Journey from Frustration to Joy with the Spiritual Disciplines (Baker Books, 2014), pages 139-151.

Which path will you take toward spiritual growth?