by Peter Smith on Tuesday, 1st of November 2016
I am the vine and you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5
Read any Christian biography and you will find that even the great Christians struggled to pray. The stone cold reality is that prayer is hard. We rarely get beyond a few minutes before being distracted.
Lack of prayer does not merely handicap us – it paralyses us. The danger of not praying is that we don’t even know that we haven’t prayed. If you are reading now, and your conscience has been pricked in regard to prayerlessness, take a moment to approach God the Father – right now. Confess your failure to trust him. Thank him for his forgiveness and patience. Make a mental note of when you will pray this week and do it. Don’t neglect to pray, for without Christ we can achieve nothing (John 15:5).
Of course, prayer is not something that is done once in the morning or evening and then forgotten. Set times are vital, but real prayer is an ongoing, heartfelt expression of trust in our heavenly Father. He delights in hearing our concerns, our expressions of anguish and worry, as well as our thanks. Prayer is for every occasion because God is with us on every occasion and longs for us to draw near (James 5:16-20).
Over the past years we have made November a special time of prayer. We are inviting you to join with the whole church on the last Wednesday of the month. We begin at 7pm and finish by 8pm. Mark the day in your diary - Nov 27 - as high priority. You won’t be asked to pray aloud or do anything that will make you feel uncomfortable.
Warm regards, Peter