In three weeks we will enter a new church season: Lent. During Lent, the church has traditionally focused on three spiritual disciplines from the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). These spiritual disciplines are praying, fasting, and almsgiving (giving to the poor). This Lent we will be focusing on the first spiritual discipline: prayer.
We all know that in any relationship communication is key. But we also know that communication is the hardest part of any relationship. This is especially true of our relationship with God. There is nothing in the spiritual life more difficult than prayer. This was even true for the disciples. After three years of being discipled by Jesus, they still struggled to pray (Mark 14:32-42)! Hudson Taylor, the famous missionary to China, once said, “I have seen many men work without praying, though I have never seen any good come out of it; but I have never seen a man pray without working.” Prayer, like all spiritual disciplines, requires intentional work.
Thankfully, the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray (Luke 11:1). We can do the same today. We can ask Jesus to teach us to pray and then we can follow the model He set for us (Luke 11:1-13, Matthew 6:5-15).
Beginning the Wednesday after Ash Wednesday, we will gather each Wednesday in Lent to reflect on a different portion of the Lord’s Prayer. We will have a different teacher each Wednesday evening to hear from some of the best teachers in our diocese, including Fr. Eric Dudley (rector of St. Peter’s in Tallahassee), Fr. Taylor Bodoh (Canon for Church Planting & rector of Incarnation Tallahassee), and Fr. Jim Needham (rector of St. Luke’s Tallahassee). You won’t want to miss this deep and rich teaching on the Lord’s Prayer! Join us each Wednesday from 6-8 pm, March 8-April 5.
But it is never enough to just study a spiritual discipline, you have to practice it. So each Wednesday at noon during Lent, we will gather at the church to pray through the Lord’s Prayer and intercede for the city of Thomasville. You can join us on your lunch break to put into practice the discipline of prayer.
As a lead up to our Lenten focus on prayer, Lisa Bryan and the Trautmans will also be giving a teaching on “Praying for Others” on Saturday, February 18 from 9-11 am. Anyone is welcome to attend who has an interest in learning to pray for others.
Come, let us join with Jesus in the school of prayer!