A guest blog by June Wright, Malling Deanery rep for the Dicoesan Pray-ers.
Why do we talk about prayer so much in the church? Why are so many people self- conscious about prayer? What is the value of prayer? Who should do the praying? When should we pray?
Prayer is one of the most valuable tools that God gives us, to enable and empower us to do the work, that God places before us. We can do nothing without it, we are impotent, without prayer. Jesus, in His time on earth, demonstrated the importance of prayer throughout His ministry. In the garden of Gethsemane, He pleaded, in prayer, to have the cup taken from Him, He went out into the wilderness, on His own, to pray for forty nights, before His crucifixion, He taught us how to pray, by giving us the words of the Lord’s Prayer, and I could go on with many more examples. Prayer is like a bridge, it fills the gap between us and God, the Father. Jesus, intercedes, on our behalf, constantly and continually. So we see that Jesus, valued prayer as part of His ministry, enormously. Prayer is about communicating with our creator, a constant conversation. With prayer, we can make a difference, we can change things as we bring before our Lord, our concerns and anxieties. It is the cement that binds our faith into a working project, we are a team. Which is why it’s talked about in church, the body of God’s people, prayer is the breath of that body. Most churches have a prayer ministry of some kind, in the shape of groups, websites, prayer sheets to distribute to the congregation and community, corporate prayer during services, private prayer. Some people have difficulty with praying out loud, in groups, that is not a problem, as long as you participate and pray in your heart, the prayer being prayed, becomes stronger. Think of a rope. One strand in a rope can be broken, when there are three or more strands, it is three times stronger and cannot easily be broken. When should we pray? Some would say, with every breath we take. When, is not important, doing it, is.
In Rochester Diocese, we have a Fellowship of prayers, committed to praying for Parish, Deanery and Diocese. The concept began in 1990 at the beginning of the Decade of Evangelism. At the end of the decade, The Fellowship continued the work. They meet twice a year, at Diocesan Office, to consider all aspects of the prayer ministry. We have Quiet Days, this year it will be on 15 May 2016 at 10.30 in Snodland, Kent, meeting at Christ Church on the Malling Road. The post code is ME6 5EE The Quiet Day is being led by Philip Hesketh, Dean of Rochester Cathedral. There are approximately 600 people in the Diocese committed to the work of the pray-ers. Who should they be? Please consider joining us to proclaim the Word and Work of God, in our lives and in the places where we live and work.