Lent is only one week away! (At least for those of us in the West. Schedules are a tad different for the Orthodox.)
And for me one of the great things about Lent is teaching my online prayer class, “Focus on Prayer.”
Lent is all about bringing our hearts to God to be ready for the great events of Good Friday and Easter. Deepening and renewing your prayer life is a great way to help that happen.
When I was developing the class I asked some of the people who expressed interest what their #1 struggle was when it came to prayer. The great majority said the same thing:
- Some struggled to KEEP focused when they tried to pray.
- Some struggled to find enough focus in their busy lives to even TRY to pray.
Focus on Prayer
So I developed this course, using three of the classic approaches to prayer that I wrote about in my book, Kneeling with Giants: Learning to Pray with History’s Best Teachers (InterVarsity Press, 2012)
- One classic Protestant approach
- One classic Catholic approach
- One classic Orthodox approach
Each one chosen because it aids focus, and each will be practiced in ways that will help bring prayer back into the focus it really needs.
An Online Prayer Class for Lent
So… The class officially starts on Ash Wednesday, February 14.
Each week you’ll have a video lecture, a manageable but helpful amount of reading, and 15 minutes or so of prayer practice. Plus the class has discussion forums for people to encourage each other and learn from each other.
Registration is open through that Ash Wednesday — and then it closes for another year.
The people who have been in the class have said great things about it. For at least one it was, in her words, a “game changer.” I’d love for you to have the same experience.