Posted on March 25, 2019 by Nancy Schmitt
“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises
shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you
know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good,
will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ
displaces worry at the center of your life.”
–Philippians 4:6-7 (The Message)
In this growing season of Lent, I hope we are making time to take a closer look at our own lives to see how we are living out the Lenten disciplines of prayer, worship, giving, serving, study and fasting.
The discipline of prayer is one of those practices we can do at any time and in any place. We can pray alone or with others in small or large group settings. Prayers can be brief ‘flash’ prayers to God or longer conversations with God. Prayers can offer our thanksgivings, share our laments and concerns, offer our intercessions for others, make our requests known to God, or seek God’s forgiveness.
Prayer is a powerful discipline that can offer our gratitude for God’s goodness in life, lift people and situations into God’s love and care and teach us to do no harm, do good and stay in love with God and our neighbor. Prayer can also open our hearts and minds so that we are better able to be God’s signs of hope in the world God created and loves.
As we continue in these days of Lent, I invite us to be in prayer specifically for our church, and for our denomination and its people known as United Methodists. To help us with this prayer discipline, since the address of the Sun Prairie United Methodist Church is 702 North St., I invite us to be in prayer at 7:02 am and 7:02 pm. May we offer prayers for the ministries, outreach and witness of SPUMC, for our life together as a faith community and for our denomination known as The United Methodist Church as we continue to journey through uncertainty and an uncertain future.
You may want to write a sticky note or set your phone alarm to remind you…On time prayer at 7:02 am and 7:02 pm.