Pastor’s blog, Sunday, 16th September, 2012

Ian Thompson
Ian Thompson

Dear Church,

“I keep asking…”  Ephesians 1:17

The three emphases that we set out at the AGM back in April this year were Community Groups, Evangelism and Prayer; in different ways we have sought to promote all three in the life of the church.  Today I feel drawn once again to write about prayer, because prayer under girds everything else.  Prayer is the way we express our dependence upon God.  When we pray we are recognizing that we cannot do things on our own, that we of ourselves do not have the answers or the resources to meet our own needs, never mind the needs of the world.  The act of prayer acknowledges our weakness, but also God’s power.  The trouble is that in our weakness we tend to give up so easily.  I have been noticing that so often when the Bible talks about prayer, there is some indication that it is an ongoing, sustained activity.  There are so many references to keeping on praying and to devoting ourselves to prayer.  It feels like prayer is not an additional activity that we are called to, but a constant mind set, not a separate duty, but one that we are called to do constantly as a sort of background to everything else.  The Bible exhorts us to do many things, but prayer has a unique place: we are called not just to do it, but to be devoted to it.  So, how do we measure up?  Are we so busy doing that we have no time for praying?  Praying more may mean doing less, but what we do will be far more effective.

  • Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and never give up. Luke 18:1
  • But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.  Luke 5:16
  • Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4v2
  • And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints Ephesians 6:18
  • ·         Be joyful always; pray continually;  1 Thessalonians 5:16-17

Yours in Christ,

Ian Thompson (Acting pastor)