Lenten Reflection: Week 4

Lent is a wonderful time to create space in your life for prayer. As you do, prayer can start to become a habit–something you do every morning, meal, car ride, or evening. These small moments can draw us away from the chaos of our days and into a sacred space with God, even if only for a few minutes.

The Book of Common Prayer is an old book, originally published in 1549, created by the Anglican Church as a product of the English reformation. The book is used today by Christian churches all over the world. The different forms of prayers and liturgies are meant to set rhythm to the Christian day and year. It contains morning, afternoon, and evening prayers as well as special prayers for events and seasons throughout the year.

Each short prayer listed below is from The Book of Common Prayer. Find one that speaks to you today and make it a priority to work that prayer into your routine each day for a week. Every day, take a few moments to read the prayer aloud several times. Then, observe how God can speak to you in those moments.

Give us grateful hearts, our Father, for all thy mercies,
and make us mindful of the needs of others;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Bless, O Lord, thy gifts to our use and us to thy service;
for Christ’s sake. Amen.

Be our light in the darkness, O Lord, and in your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of your only Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Gracious Father, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ came down from heaven to be the true bread which giveth life to the world: Evermore give us this bread, that he may live in us, and we in him; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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