Sunday 17th January

Prayer – Everyone, Everywhere!

This week, we have been encouraged to pray by the Diocese of Bath and Wells who has provided helpful videos and material on their website.  I posted some of the material on our Facebook page and hope you have found it helpful and encouraging.  As part of this initiative, I was particularly encouraged by Bishop Ruth’s reflection.  You can find the video at https://www.bathandwells.org.uk/2021/01/week-of-prayer/.  

Bishop Ruth reminds us that prayer should become as basic as breathing.  It is not a list of demands or a ritual to engage.  It is not talking to or at God.  It is a conversation that grows and develops overtime, as we learn to walk and trust the character and plans of our Heavenly Father.  To illustrate her point, Bishop Ruth takes us back to the very beginning of human history, the time when Adam and Eve could freely converse with the Creator in the cool of the day.  It was as natural to them as breathing!  We know that the conversation was disrupted by their disobedience.  Guilt and fear entered their minds and hearts and their hid.  The story of redemption is a story or going back to that easy, deep and fulfilling conversation between us and our Heavenly Father.  

Since we are all different, we often connect with God in different ways. In the videos of this week, Christians across the Diocese shared their experiences of prayer through nature, Scriptures, art, play, dancing, stillness, etc.  To complement each video there was a sheet for each day with some practical ideas.  Tomorrow, Saturday the 16thof January, we will celebrate together the end of that prayer week with a zoom session at 2pm.  You can still book a space by clicking on the following link https://www.bathandwells.org.uk/event/prayer-everyone-everywhere-2/

So be encourage in your experience of prayer and remember that 

“Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the one who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.” – Max Lucado

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