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This past month we have been doing a series on Prayer at our 10.30am service.
Prayer is of course, the heartbeat of our faith. It is, John Calvin wrote, “the chief exercise of faith, by which we daily receive God’s benefits.” Yet I’m sure all of us would admit to finding prayer difficult: a mystery beyond comprehension and a challenge to instil into our routine.
On Sunday 18th October we were privileged to have Jill Mowbray, from the Walthamstow Team Ministry come and preach on some of the practitical. Here are some of the ways Jill reminded us we can pray:
One idea is to use a prayer journal to write down your prayers. Writing can often be a therapeutic way to offload what is on our mind and also a way of keeping our mind focused on the task in hand! It can also be a great encouragement when you look back at it and see where God has answered prayers.
Another great idea Jill mentioned was to have in your house a ‘thanksgiving jar’ where you put simple prayers of thanks for the small blessings in the everyday into the jar. Again another great encouragement as you see the jar filling up.
We were also encouraged to think about creating space for prayer, both time-wise and also space-wise, perhaps, having a ‘prayer chair’ - a place in your house where you always sit to pray. When you do sit down, light a candle to remind you of God’s presence and his light in the world.
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Finally one more idea was to think about how you could pray with others. One way of doing this is by being part of a ‘prayer triplet’ - a group of three people who meet regularly to pray for each other. I was part of one of these during my theological training and I found it immensely helpful. This is something I would love to see develop in the church. The idea is very simple: get together with two other people and agree when you will meet, how frequently and pray for each other in a confidential setting. It is a great of developing friendships and perhaps there are people you could approach to see about developing one.
To round of our series on Prayer, this month we will be having a Day of Prayer in the church on Saturday 7th November, 10am – 4pm. This will be a wonderful opportunity to take special time out to pray for Leytonstone and for the church.
May God continue to bless us as we seek more of his presence in our lives,
Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7·And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
(Philippians 4: 6 – 7)