In our parish, we are going to practice a Quiet Lent. For us, this means that we will take some time of quiet just before the service begins to center ourselves, talk to God, and prepare our hearts and minds for worship. It does not mean silence; after all, we have kids in our churches, thank the Lord! This post introduces the second of four resources that will be available for adults, youth, and children to make use of during this quiet time. The explanation and downloadable resources are below. God bless your Lenten journey!
Focus Word for the Week: Gather
Focus Verse for the Week: How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! (Luke 13:34b NRSV)
Sometimes, it is hard to stay focused when we are praying silently to ourselves. One way to stay focused and to help to lengthen our prayers is through the discipline of journaling. Prayer journaling can simply be a written out prayer to God, or you can use several different techniques. Whatever helps you to focus on God and prepare for worship is the “right” way to do it. Need more direction? Check out more ideas below. God bless your focus time!
Highs & Lows/Joys & Concerns
You can use a prayer journal to list your highs and lows, or your joys and concerns for the week. Once you have listed everything you can think of, go back and pray for each one, thanking God for the good, and asking God for help with the difficult.
You can also write a journal entry prayer based on our focus word for the week. Here they are:
Feb. 14: Test
Feb. 21: Gather
Feb. 28: Repent
March 6: Grace
March 13: Prepare
Adoration: God, I think you are…
Confession: Please forgive me for…
Thanksgiving: Thank you for…
Petition: Please help me…
Intercession: People who need my prayer include…
Contemplation: Lord, I am listening…
Resources to Download