Image: Stefan Kunze | unsplash. Lent is supposed to be a time to fast, pray, and help those in need.The Gospel reading for today, Thursday of the first full week of Lent, focuses our attention on prayer. There are many types or prayer—praise, adoration, meditation, liturgical prayer, and so forth. Today, however, the focus is prayer of petition, asking God for our needs, or at least what we think we need. The first reading narrates how Queen Esther’s prayers were answered and how her people, in bondage, were saved from the wicked designs of Haman, the king’s official who wanted to kill all the Jews.