Lenten Transformation: Part 4 Prayer & Conclusion
Prayer & Conclusion
Which leads us finally to prayer. We know that without prayer, our ascetical efforts will be short-lived. Prayer under-girds Lent from beginning to end. We know this--that’s why there are so many services. They provide us with the strength to make it through the Lenten journey, just as it’s prayer that will get us through life. It is prayer that places all things before God, and prayer that transforms us and our world. Looking at what we’ve discussed so far, it’s prayer that helps sustain and give reason to our fasting. Also, if we are going to discern how to give alms properly, we need to pray. Too often Christian agencies seeking to serve the poor lose any power they once had because they foolishly allowed prayer to become an accessory, rather than the foundation. When that happens, burnout is not far behind, along with ineffectiveness, and loss of Christian witness. CS Lewis once said that the Christians who did the most for this world were those who never lost sight of the next. When Christians lose sight of the Kingdom their irrelevance is almost guaranteed.
Fasting, prayer, almsgiving. These three things have the power, not only to transform us, but to change the society we live in. Hopefully, I’ve given us a glimpse of how that can happen. I learned a lot in