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We would love for prayer to be at the centre of church life, and so we’re kicking off the new year with a prayer week. Here’s what’s going on during the week - please join us as often as you can.
Church is open each weekday morning (9am-12noon) for you to come and pray - the Upper Room is set up as a prayer room with lots of different stations and helpful prompts. To get into church, please come round the back and use the office door in the mornings, otherwise the front door will be open for each meeting.
The All Night of Prayer will be an exciting night of worshipping together, meeting in God's presence, asking God for things and praying for one another. There will be different things going on during the night including specific prayer gatherings (see below) as well as space to use the prayer room and pray on your own. Feel free to pop in for a bit or stay the whole night - up to you!
If you have any specific requests that you'd like us to be praying this week, please chat to Paul or email him at [email protected]
"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 (Matthew 6:9-13). 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. Amen.
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.
Please join us for any of our regular prayer meetings...
We have a monthly Church Prayer Diary with a specfic prayer request for each day. You can pick one up from the welcome desk or download it here.
If you would like prayer for anything please do get in touch, or come along to our Sunday services 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