Lent is traditionally a time in which we prepare ourselves to celebrate Easter; to acknowledge the sin in our own life, repent and turn back to Jesus. It can be seen as a time to ‘recalibrate’ our lives and bring our focus back to God. Some Christians like to spend this time committing to a Lenten Promise. You may know people who fast from (give up) chocolate or wine, others give up TV or Facebook for 40 days to identify with Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf.
Still others decide rather than giving something up, to take up doing something beneficial, such as reading a spiritual book or engaging in some other form of spiritual discipline that might bring them closer to Jesus.
This year St Vigor’s & St John’s Churches will be seeking to enrich our understanding of prayer during the weeks of Lent. Sunday Services and weekday home groups will be looking at the seven recorded prayers of Jesus and seeing what we can learn about prayer through them.
Below are some resources for private use to challenge and enrich our concept of prayer. They are designed to help us answer the questions: ‘What does it mean to talk to God?’ and ‘How might I hear his answer?’ There are probably as many ways to pray as there are people who wish to do so! Perhaps you might try something new by way of prayer; perhaps this Lent will be the beginning of a new and exciting understanding of what it means for you to talk to God and to allow him to shape your life as you grow closer to him.
The alphabetical lists of street names of both Chilcompton and Stratton-on-the-Fosse might help you walk the streets of our community (either in person or in your imagination) and allow you to ask God to bless the people who live there. The Monthly prayer Card might help you to pray daily for others within our church fellowship. The Interactive Prayer Ideas offer 52 other ways you might try to talk to God and listen for his voice. Lent is a challenging time, so if you need to find some space you may like to look at the Lent Hearts – God can speak to us in the most unexpected moments.
How many of these ways to pray could you experiment with during Lent 2021? We would love to hear what works for you, and what you have learned as you journey in prayer.
Try these Lent Resources, click the images below
18th February 2021