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Our Minister's Letter

Dear Friends,

The Priority of Prayer

Beside my bed I have a little card with a verse on it called ‘The Difference’. It tells the story of a person who got up early one morning and had so much to do that they didn’t have time to pray. During the day, problems came one after another, the day ‘toiled on, grey and bleak’ and the busy person asked themselves, ‘Why doesn’t God help me?’ Gently and lovingly God replies that the person didn’t take the time to come into His presence in prayer and seek God’s help at the beginning of the day. By the time that you get to the end of the verse the busy person declares:

“...I woke up early this morning, and paused before entering the day, I had so much to accomplish, that I had to take time to pray.” The busy person had leant the priority of prayer in their life. Perhaps this is something that we all need to be reminded of as individuals and as a Christian community.

As we read the gospels we see that prayer was a priority to Jesus. He would often take time out from the disciples and the crowds that followed him to be alone with his Father (see for example Mark 1:38).

In Acts we see how prayer was a priority for the disciples in the period between Christ’s ascension and Pentecost; Luke tells us that ‘they all joined together constantly in prayer’ (1:14).

Prayer was also a priority for the leaders of the early Church. In Acts 6 we read that when there was a debate about how food should be distributed amongst members of the community the disciples appointed people to undertake the practical tasks and devoted themselves to the spiritual needs of the community declaring: ‘we will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word’ (Acts 6: 14). The result? ‘So the Word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.’ (Acts 6: 7).

This month Churches Together in Bexhill will be having a Week of Prayer from 5 -9 June and there will be opportunities to join our brothers and sisters in Christ in prayer at our various churches as together we pray for the work of God and the advancement of His kingdom in our town. I have invited others to come and join us for our monthly prayer group on Monday evening 5 June at 7.00pm.

Our Monday evening prayer group is open to everyone and lasts about thirty minutes. We begin with a short bible reading and then to move on to pray for the world, the life of the church and for one another. Some of us are comfortable with praying out loud whilst others prefer to pray silently or be led by others. There is no expectation that if you come you will have to pray out loud if this is not your thing. However we pray, at home or with others, we can have confidence that the Lord hears our prayers.

With all good wishes



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