Time to Pray
The Bible says, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” God wants us to spend time with him in prayer.
We like the “don’t worry about anything” part of that verse, and the “tell God what you need” but we often neglect the “pray about everything” part.
Life can be hard and there are not always answers. Sometimes we don’t know what to pray or maybe we just can’t pray. It’s comforting to realise that prayer didn’t come naturally to the disciples. “One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray’...” and he taught them the prayer we call The Lord’s Prayer.
Activities of the day want our immediate attention and pull us in many directions. Have you ever thought or said ‘I find it hard enough to do the essentials so how can I be expected to find time to pray?’ Jesus may have felt this way but he found time to pray alone, with others, for others, for thanks, and for us because he could do nothing without God, and neither can we. It is important to spend time in prayer.
Every Monday from 9am to 10am there is an hour of informal prayer in one of the churches in our community:
1st Monday of the month:
Fenny Compton - St. Peter & St. Clare
2nd Monday of the month:
Farnborough - St. Botolph
3rd Monday of the month:
Gaydon - St. Giles
4th Monday of the month:
Northend - The Chapel of Ease
It isn’t a structured time of prayer. It’s time to pray alone or together, for others and yourself, time for for quiet contemplation with God.
Join me or leave a prayer request and we will pray for you.
"God wants us to spend time with him in prayer"
Can I challenge you this week to pray? Imagine what changes could be ushered in through your prayers!
Is there a community dilemma? Pray about it.
Is there a person that rubs you the wrong way? Pray for them.
Is someone under some pressure that is trickling down to you? Pray.
Is there someone or something that worries you. Pray.
But don’t forget to say ‘thank you’ for all he has done. Pray.
“Your Father knows what you need before you ask him” but he likes to communicate with you through prayer. Go ahead. Reach out to him in prayer today.
Anxiety and fear
the world feels strange right now.
The news is full of stories about Coronavirus.
Some people are worried that they might get ill.
Others are anxious for their family and friends.
When fear makes it hard to breathe,
and anxiety seems to be the order of the day,
slow us down, keep us calm
and give us your comfort Lord;
help us to reach out with our hearts,
when we can't touch with our hands;
help us to be socially connected,
when we have to be socially distant;
help us to love as perfectly as we can,
knowing that "perfect love casts out all fear."
Help us to turn to you in our uncertainty and fear.
For Healthcare Workers
Loving God, we place into your care
all our doctors, nurses and healthcare workers.
Give them courage of heart
and strength of mind and body.
Keep them safe from harm.
May they know our deep gratitude
for all they are doing
to heal and help those affected
by the coronavirus.
God of all consolation
may they know your protection and peace.
Bless them in these challenging days
and bless their families. Amen.
May we who are merely inconvenienced by social isolation
remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who think we are safe because we are young
remember we do this to safeguard those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home
remember those who must choose
between preserving their health, or serving the needs of others.
May we who now homeschool our children
have patience, resilience and inspiration.
May we who are losing our margin money, in the tumult of the economic market
remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home
remember those who have no home.
May we who are frustrated by being cooped up with family
remember those who live alone and have no personal contact with anyone.
During this time, when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other,
let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of you, our Lord to our neighbours. Amen.