The Book of Common Prayer invites us to the observance of a holy Lent by reminding us "of the need which all Christians continually have to renew their repentance and faith." [BCP p. 265] To help us to renew our repentance and faith this Lent, we offer a series of reflections on the Lord's Prayer.
The Gospels tell us that Jesus was a man of prayer. Prior to beginning his public ministry, Jesus went to the desert for a long time to commune with God in prayer. During his public ministry, Jesus often prayed with others and he also spent time alone in prayer. His dying words, spoken from the cross, were words of prayer.
The Lord's Prayer is the first one that many of us learned to pray. I've always found it enlightening that Jesus' disciples did not ask him to teach them how to perform a miracle or how to preach an effective sermon. Rather, they asked him "Lord, teach us to pray..." [Luke 11:1]
These Lenten Reflections are the fruit of a collaborative effort by clergy and lay members of St. Paul's. Our hope is that they will bring a fresh perspective to the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray. May they provide you with some nourishment as you journey through Lent.