Why is prayer so important to us at GCC?
As children of our Father we are called into a relationship with Him. Relationships cannot survive where there is no communication and prayer is first and foremost the way in which we conduct our relationship with God. In prayer we express our love for Him in praise and worship and thanksgiving. In prayer we keep a right humility before our great creator by acknowledging our need of Him and crying out for his strength and wisdom: in prayer we know we cannot save ourselves. But God approaches closer still by calling us to partner with Him in His great mission to save lost people. God has so ordered this world to make prayer the means by which His power is brought into the lives of men and women. Jesus told his disciples that the harvest was plentiful (Matthew 9v37) but then called on them to ask God to send workers into the harvest field. The power and the resources are from God. But somehow in prayer we are called to direct that power where it is needed. Imagine a workman pouring concrete into some foundations. He is directing a huge pipe and the ready-mixed concrete is being pumped through it. As long as he keeps alert and directs the pipe where it needs to go, all is well. But if he is distracted or sleepy then disaster will soon occur. So it is with us. In prayer we wield a conduit through which flows the incredible power of God. If we wield it well, the power of God will flow to where it is needed. If we are lax or sleepy, the power of God may not reach those who so desperately need it. Over the next few weeks we are going to be looking at some of the great prayers of the Bible in our Sunday evening services. Please join us if you can. But if you can’t, then pray, and direct the power of Heaven to where it is needed!
The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.
Yours in Christ,
Ian Thompson (Acting pastor)