When we pray, we all too often devolve into offering God our wish list of things we want. But how else might we pray? Try this - ACTS. A = Adoration; C = Confession; T = Thanksgiving; S = Supplication. Then notice the order in which they are presented.
The very first two words of the Lord's Prayer actually have quite a lot to teach us about how to be in prayer. But what if you don't think your prayer actually has any effect? What if you think that since God knows everything, God already knows what you're going to pray, and therefore praying is superfluous? Our two theologians we're learning from, Rowan Williams and Origen, have a thought or two about that as well.
Prayer. It's one of the things we're supposed to do as Christians, and yet, it came be one of those things that always gets pushed to the back burner. We may even fear we're not doing it right. Join us this Lent as we learn about prayer from one modern theologian, one ancient theologian, and of course, Jesus.
St. John Chrysostom, Patron Saint of Preachers
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