"You can do more than pray after you have prayed but you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed."
When His disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray his response was the Lord’s prayer.
This then is how you pray:
Our father in heaven
Hallowed be your name
Your kingdom come, your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven
Give us today our daily bread
And forgive us our sins
As we forgive those who sin against us
Lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours
Now and forever
If you struggle with prayer, as most of us do, one of the most helpful resources is to pray this prayer. Pray it slowly, thinking about and reflecting on each word and phrase e.g. ‘Our father in heaven’ - thank you God that because of Jesus you have become our father and we are your children.
We have weekly prayer meetings for our services at 10am and 6pm every Sunday. We meet in the front of church to pray.
We meet as a whole church to pray on the first Tuesday evening of every month, 7.30- 9pm in church.
We also have a short prayer meeting in the church office from 8.45-9am every weekday morning.
Please join us for any of the above prayer meetings!
Pray for our worship services that they would be times when we encounter God, confess our brokenness, rejoice in his grace and commit ourselves to living in light of his love for us in Jesus Christ.
Pray that our understanding of the gospel would be worked out in our lives through boldness and humility.
Pray that our community would be characterised by love and holiness; that we would love and care for each other as family and that we would use the gifts God gives us to serve others not ourselves.
Pray for our outreach that we would be a welcoming church to all and that we would see the lives of a wide range of people changed through the good news of Jesus Christ.
Pray that we would be compassionate to the needy and vulnerable. And that we use ourselves and our gifts sacrificially in the service of others.
Pray that we would be good stewards of the gifts, time, money and resources God has given to us.
Pray that we would send out at least one person each year to share the grace and love of Jesus Christ to those who haven’t heard it.
We produce a monthly Church Prayer Diary with specific news and prayer requests. You can pick one up from the information desk or download it here.
If you would like prayer for anything please do get in touch, or come along to our Sunday service and someone will be available to pray with you.
A number of people at church go prayer walking if you would like to join them please contact the church office for more details.
One day, about this time, I heard an unusual bleating amongst my few remaining goats, as if they were being killed or tortured. I rushed to the goat-house and found myself instantly surrounded by a band of armed men. The trap had caught me, their weapons were raised, and I expected the next moment to die. But God moved me to talk to them firmly and kindly; I warned them of their sin and its punishment; I showed them that only my love and pity led me to remain their best friend. I further assured them I was not afraid to die, for at death my saviour would take me to heaven and that I would be far happier than on earth; and that my only desire to live was to make them happy by teaching them to love Jesus Christ my Lord. I then lifted up my hands and eyes to the heavens and prayed aloud for Jesus to bless them and to protect me or take me to heaven as he saw to be for the best. One after another they slipped away from me and Jesus restrained them again. Did ever a mother run more quickly to protect her crying child in danger's hour than the Lord Jesus hastens to answer believing prayer and send help to his servants in his own good time and way, so far as it shall be for their good and his glory.
John G. Paton (missionary to the New Hebrides)
"Men may spurn our appeals, reject our message, oppose our arguments, despise our persons, but they are helpless against our prayers."
J Sidlow Baxter