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In these Bible readings for Lent and Easter, Joanna Collicutt shows how growing as a Christian is rooted in the prayer Jesus gave us. As we pray the Lord's Prayer, we express our relationship with God, absorb gospel values and are also motivated to live them out. As we pray to the Father, in union with the Son, through the power of the Spirit, so we begin to take on the character of Christ. The Holy Week readings encourage us to pause, watch and wait at this special season; commentary is kept to a minimum and we spend time reflecting, in the light of the Lord's Prayer, on Luke's description of Christ's passion and resurrection.
Includes questions for group discussion which can form the basis of a group study through the weeks of Lent.
When You Pray by Joanna Collicutt was published by Bible Reading Fellowship in November 2012 and is our 18563rd best seller. The ISBN for When You Pray is 9780857460899.
This year's BRF Lent book by Joanna Collicutt is a daily Bible reflection based on the Lord's Prayer. Using the Lord's Prayer as the frame of reflection for each day's Bible reading certainly rounds out and deepens the Lord's Prayer, and our understanding of how we can see so much of the Bible reflected back in that one prayer. For each of the five weeks and Holy Week, Collicutt focuses on one line or refrain from the Lord's Prayer for her daily reflections, these break down as: Father, May Your Name be Holy; Your Kingdom Come; Give Us Each Day Our Daily Bread; And Forgive Us Our Sins For We Ourselves Forgive Each One Who Is In Debt to Us; and Do Not Put Us to the Test. At the end of these on Easter Day she then reflects us back to a previous reading from earlier that reflected on 'Your Kingdom Has Come' - an interesting move, and one I personally like because it reflects the nature of Easter and Lent, dying and restoring to new life, a return to things past but made new by where we are in the cycle. With each day's reading being no more than three pages in total - including the full Bible reading for that day's reflection and a one line prayer this is not an onerous task to undertake daily for your Lenten journey, and the meditative and reflective style of writing adds no burden to the experience.
At the very end of the book there is also a series of questions so that you could if wanted use this book as the basis for a weekly Lent course too. Of course though this book is aimed at the Lenten journey, with its emphasis on the Lord's Prayer it could be used at any time of the year and would make for quite a good group study on the Lord's Prayer itself.
When You Pray, Introducing the Lord's Prayer
Posted: Thursday, March 7th
Ash Wednesday to Saturday: When you pray
Week 1: Father
Week 2: May your name be held holy
Week 3: Your kingdom come
Week 4: Give us each day our daily bread
Week 5: And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive each one who is in debt to us
Holy Week: And do not put us to the test
Easter Day: Remember how he told you
Group discussion material
The Revd Dr Joanna Collicutt is Lecturer in Psychology and Spirituality at Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford Diocesan Advisor for the Spiritual Care of Older People, and also ministers in a parish. Her other books include Jesus and the Gospel Women, The Dawkins Delusion? (with Alister McGrath) and Meeting Jesus (with Jeremy Duff).
|Author / Artist||Joanna Collicutt|
|Publisher||Bible Reading Fellowship (November 2012)|
|Number of Pages||208|
|Page last updated||4th April 2018|