This coming week we begin two healthy holy habits. The first and oldest is Lent. In the 40 days before Easter, Christians fast by giving up something for Lent. To fast means we eat something we want or don’t engage in some activity we prefer. The fast begins this Ash Wednesday (Wed 6 March) and it ends on Easter Sunday. The 40 days of Lent do not include Sundays, as on these days the Lent fast is broken to celebrate Jesus resurrection. Lent is a time to prayerfully prepare ourselves for celebrating Easter and the significance of Jesus’ life, death and bodily resurrection.
Lent is a time of prayer and reflection. For this reason, it seems timely to begin a second and new habit, a church wide Week of Prayer. It is my hope we will continue this habit over many years. I know we believe in prayer and are people of prayer. Yet there are not many times we gather together to pray or focus together on prayer for our church. Sunday services provide limited opportunities for corporate prayer. Even when we pray only a few voices pray on our behalf. A Week of Prayer provides opportunity for more voices, more focus, more prayer.
Prayer is the natural language of the Christian. It expresses our dependence on God. Christian prayer is birthed through Jesus in a relationship with our Father God. When we pray, we can be confident God hears, God is close, God will act, God will do good. We have so many things to pray for, so many people to pray for. Please join us this week in prayer.
More information on our Week of Prayer
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