“‘Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day does not catch you unexpectedly, like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.’” Luke 21:34-36
When Jesus says, “watch and pray,” he is urging us to investigate our actions with a vigilant and continuous concern for justice and for the care of all of God’s creation.” This Lenten season, take time to consider your prayer life. Here are six simple questions to answer:
For whom do I pray?
For what do I pray?
When do I pray?
Where do I pray?
How do I pray?
Why do I pray?
Are you satisfied with your answers? What would you like to change about your prayer behavior?
This message is adapted from a stewardship devotion written by Cheryl Chatman for Women of the ELCA in 1999.