March 1st
Ash Wednesday

Day 1

I will tell you as best I can what I do personally when I pray.  May our dear Lord grant to you and to everybody to do it better than I!  AMEN. 

First, when I feel that I have become cool and joyless in prayer because of other tasks or thought (for the flesh and the devil always impede and obstruct prayer), I take my little Psalter, hurry to my room, or, if it be the day or hour for it, to the church where a congregation is assembled and, as time permits, I say quietly to myself and word-for-word the Ten Commandments, the Creed, and, if I have time, some words of Christ or Paul, or some psalms, just as a child might do.


“Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer supplication.  To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints.”  Ephesians 6:17


I find time to pray throughout the day. Clearing the car of snow, seeing children on a bus, witnessing a beautiful scene as I’m driving, or even at my desk at work.  Very often it is difficult to pray without being distracted by other thoughts and issues in my head.  So I start from the beginning, the first prayer I learned as a child, the Lord’s Prayer.  It is beautiful in its simplicity and it helps to clarify the ramblings in my thoughts.  It helps to clear my head and makes my prayers more meaningful.

Dear Lord, Please hear the prayers from all your children.  These prayers may be clear or muddled, short or long, concise or rambling. Nevertheless, these prayers are from your beloved brothers and sisters in Christ.  Take their cares and worries away, grant healing and peace.  But most of all, hold your children close to you. Amen.

Bob Frederico

Put a prayer list on your refrigerator and pray for the people listed each day in Lent. Put a coin in your bank, for each person.