For the sleeping God may wake someday…Prayer & Lent

Prayer

Prayer (Photo credit: Chris Yarzab)

“Rejoice in your hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” Romans 12:12

During the Season of Lent, we are invited each day to go deeper into Prayer.  Not only the prayer of words, but a prayer of presence and listening.  One that permeate our being, and changes lives.  Prayer is often comforting and healing, it can also be a powerful and compelling presence that leads us down unanticipated paths. The word prayer rises from the same Latin root as the word precarious. Author Annie Dilliard wrote about the dynamic, uncertain nature of prayer:

“It is madness to wear ladies straw hats and velvet hats to church; we should all be wearing crash helmets. Ushers should issue life preservers and signal flares; they should lash us to our pews. For the sleeping God may wake someday and take offense or the waking God may draw us out to where we can never return.”

Prayer can lead us out to precarious edges where God opens our hearts and transforms our lives in unexpected ways. Do we begin and end our days with prayer, do we begin our meetings with prayers. During Lent we are asked to see prayer as  the rhythm of life that sustained our communities that is marked by constant prayer. Prayer is essential dialogue for the path of transformation, healing and peace. If we are to go deeper this Lent, then prayer must continue to be a visible presence of our lives and our communities.

**How, when and where do I pray? Does my prayer include at least as much listening as talking? How can I incorporate prayer more visibly in my life?

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