John J. Bombaro is pastor at Grace Lutheran Church, a congregation in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. He has served this congregation since 2007. In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, he also serves the broader church as an author and US Navy Chaplain. He and his wife Melinda live in San Diego with their four children.
One of the most difficult things for Christians to do is to be called on to pray publicly. It is like an exam. We often panic and think, "what if I sound dumb?" or "what if I say the wrong thing?" Well, Jesus has a solution for that.
Lent is the liturgical calendar season of forty weekdays before Easter, consisting of repentance and fasting, devotion and anticipation. Forty-day periods in the Bible are always associated with trials of temptation, affliction, fasting, repentance, and suffering, while entreating God for grace.