Prayer! Can you imagine your life without it? For many of us, prayer is such a natural and integral part of our lives that we hardly notice when we are doing it, and probably can’t imagine what it would be like if we weren’t!
Monday week, the 20th, is the closing date for applications for a new Vicar. I encourage you to keep praying regularly about this.
Here’s some great quotes on prayer to build your focus:
There are parts of our calling, works of the Holy Spirit, and defeats of the darkness that will come no other way than through furious, fervent, faith-filled, unceasing prayer – Beth Moore
Prayer is simply talking to God like a friend and should be the easiest thing we do each day – Joyce Meyer
True prayer is neither a mere mental exercise nor a vocal performance. It is far deeper than that – it is spiritual transaction with the Creator of Heaven and Earth – Charles Spurgeon
Prayer is not overcoming God’s reluctance, but laying hold of His willingness – Martin Luther
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours – JESUS
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus – Paul the Apostle
Prayer Changes Things!
Let’s increase our prayer focus this week for God to select and send our new Vicar in the next months. I’d like to suggest we each pause each day for the next week at midday to pray for this. Is there anything “mystical” about the midday hour or praying at the same time? No. It’s simply a “marker” for helping us remember to do this!
Yet again, I remind you of the Daily Prayer for our Parish with the thought that you may find it helpful to read the following excerpts each day
Almighty and All-Loving God,
We pause in your presence today standing in a privileged space that unites our past and our future
We thank you for every faithful person who has built into this place over many decades….. With deep longing we pray for our parish of the future…..
We pray for your guidance in the selection of a new Vicar. May we find your chosen person who will lead us confidently and clearly in the building up of your Kingdom in our parish and in our community…..
This we pray in the name of Jesus
Love and God’s Peace