In our Friday morning prayer meetings we have recently been learning afresh the importance of
prayer in our corporate life as a church and in our individual lives.
We are finding that as we bring eour thanksgiving and requests to God and seek his will, we receive from him so much more than we ask. We gain a deep sense of being blessed by God’s meeting with us and of our meeting with each other. We are also growing in our understanding that our prayers release God’s power to act, that God needs our prayers to fulfil his purposes.
I expect we all believe this. We believe in prayer; we believe God answers prayer. Why then are we so reluctant to ask for prayer for ourselves? We have a prayer ministry team available to pray with anyone at the end of each Sunday morning service, but we are finding there is little uptake. Is this really because there is nothing any of us want to ask of God? No need of help or guidance or healing? No problems, no friends or family to pray for? Of course, we all bring these needs to God in our personal times of prayer, but we know that it is as the church comes together to pray that God comes amongst us more powerfully – even when the church is two
or three gathered in his name.
On a personal note, I have to say it hastaken me a while to learn to ask for prayer. Always happy to pray for others, but not always happy to reveal my personal needs; makes me feel somewhat exposed; vulnerable. But I am learning this is what is necessary for real fellowship; trusting each other; an interdependence that is real. This is the core of loving each other, and I believe this reaches the heart of God so his healing and restoring and guiding and blessing are experienced. So why not take time to join the two members of the prayer team in the back corner of the church at the end of the morning service and allow them to hold you in God’s presence? You don’t even have to give any reason for going – just to want to draw near to God is enough. For those who can’t get to the morning service, let us know and we could come and
pray with you at home.
Our desire is to have a prayer-soaked church where we are all interceding for each other and for all our activities. A church where Satan can have no foothold amongst us and where we are used to bring God’s blessings to our town and villages.
Prayer Ministry Team