March 2011 Prayer News

 

Prayer 

What is prayer?  Why pray?  How does it work?  Does it work?

At times we wonder these things, maybe we have found the answers, maybe not. If we feel lost in the area of prayer then remember that the even the  disciples had to ask Jesus how they were supposed to go about it! As a fellowship we want to affirm that, wherever we are on the journey , we accept that God wants a relationship with us, and prayer is a way of communicating with Him.  This communication can take different forms; thinking, questioning, appreciating, listening, and thanking,  as well as asking and requesting. If you have anything to share that may help others in any of these aspects of prayer, as well as requests that you would like others to pray about, then please speak to me and we will include them in a monthly prayer focus sheet like this one.   Thanks, Muriel

 

It seems so often that once we start listing things then everyone, and everything, needs Gods intervention in some way! I find this so daunting that sometimes I choose not to start as I feel I will never finish.

Instead, let us all start praying for just one thing- here are some suggestions to get started:

Please pray for those in our fellowship-

  • who are housebound or are unable to get out due to illness just now, especially Else McPake, May Thomson, Myra Craig, Margaret Andrews, Jean Pavey, Ernie Haggerty
  • David and Lockhart that they might know God’s peace and direction for their lives.
  • Leo that he may travel safely and that he will find future employment.

 

  • Ark out of school care- that Katie and the staff will continue to enjoy working together, and with the children. Pray too for “new Starts” for after the summer.
  • Who have busy, tiring jobs, and those who juggle work and family responsibilities.
  • Who are coping with the pain of bereavement, especially Freda and family

Please pray for wisdom at the upcoming church AGM, and for people able and willing to share leadership and practical responsibilities within the church.

Pray that the sanctuary will be fixed soon. Visualise how it looked inside, remember who sat near you and pray for them. Ask God to make himself real to someone that we have not seen for a while.

Pray for peace in the world torn apart by wars and natural disasters. Watch the news with an awareness of God’s aching heart.

Thank God for his faithfulness, asking that we will remember this through the tough times.

 

********************************

I came across a great verse this week in Romans 15:13-

 

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

 

Filled up and overflowing with joy, peace and hope would make such a difference to life for us all.

Let us start praying this blessing for your neighbours, your workmates, your friends, your families and the church. But how can we be this way when life is hard or lonely?  This brings us back to the question at the beginning, does prayer make any difference?  Let us talk to God and find out. Feed back please.


Prayer
Webpage icon Eddie Askew Prayer; Is God the courier on our holiday?
Webpage icon Prayer of Oscar Romero titled A FUTURE NOT OUR OWN
Printer Printable Version