Sam and I are writing a diary entry every day for Lent. It’s a kind of joint journal for 40 Days (or 46 days if you count the Sundays). We’re finding it fascinating reading each other’s comments. Here’s something I wrote earlier this morning.
Prayer is basically communication with God. Talking with him and listening to him. If we don’t pray, we won’t get to know him or his ways, and nothing of lasting significance will happen. If we don’t communicate then our relationship with him will struggle. Just like in a marriage. Relationships experts tell us that most marriages struggle and eventually fail due to a lack of communication. Sam and I know that’s true. When we talk and share and basically hang out, things are so much better. That’s true not just of human relationships but of our relationship with God too. As a nation, and as a region, so many have tried to live without God and neglected prayer and we wonder why God seems distant. Prayer is where it all starts. So I’m teaching that to the people of St Michael le Belfrey, trying to model that and just encourage folk to talk to God. If we do that, then anything is possible.
I asked at last night’s Evening of Prayer what we expected the North to be like in 25 years time – in a generation. What are we praying for? What are we working towards? I am 43 today. So by the time I reach my 68th birthday, what will the North look like? Will the churches be full to overflowing? Will crime be down? Will employment be virtually non-existent and businesses thriving? Will people be much more neighbourly, parks be safe for children to play and old people feel they don’t have to keep their doors locked all the time? Will the bible be respected again as the Word of God and prayer be normal and natural and good? That’s what I’m working towards. That’s what I’m praying for. I know it seems impossible, but you only live once, and that’s what I’m shooting for. Lord, will you do that? In our day? In our time?
Thank you Matthew i’m gonna make a sign that reads ‘God is looking for people through whom he can do the impossible – what a pity that we plan only the things we can do by ourselves” And i am going to try and practice what it says after all without action we stand still.
“Pray the seemingly impossible” For God nothing is impossible, we should be bold in prayer and be guided by the Holy Spirit and not pray according to our own limitations…God knows no such limitations!
Perserverance in prayer.. my grandmother used to say “God loves a tryer”
Gratitude in prayer – this week we heard phillipians 4 , – Paul spoke of being content , being grateful for whatever we have..rich or poor, happy or sad. if we have the love of Christ what more can we want?
I was particularly inspired by the idea of specialist Prayer House’s where we can pray 24/7…I have added this to my long-term prayer list.
Prayer is the most powerful tool I have but it’s equally important to listen too, in silence with a stillness of heart, the answers will come. it is good to wait in silence for the salvation of the Lord.
Peace and blessings
Amen to that! Your blogs are SO inspiring! Thankyou.
Absolutely. I’m with you!
Thanks for the reminder Matthew -‘ And when you pray believe that you have received it.’ When we do this and begin to praise God that He’s on the case even though we may not have seen the answer yet it moves our perspective to really looking for the answer. Being expectant – not in an arrogant way but a faithful way.
So praying like this brings a heart full of praise – two blogs – buy into one and get one free !!