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I do hope that you are all keeping your spirits up as we come towards the end of January. All we can say for certain at this stage is that we are one step closer to the end of this pandemic than we were yesterday. We are no doubt increasingly aware of friends, family members and neighbours who are now being impacted by the virus as we wait to reach the peak of this present (and we hope and pray, last) wave. We know of Church members too who are testing positive and we are holding many people in our hearts at this time. With that in mind it is so good that we can pray together this Wednesday evening and really come before the Lord as we lift our nation, world and community before him. The zoom link has already been sent out to people (ID: 892 6369 9881 Passcode: 903949) and anyone is welcome to join us any time from 6pm to 10pm for as long as they feel able to. Whether you can come for 10 minutes or 2 hours it will be great to have you with us.

2 Chronicles 7:14 is such an apt verse for us at this time. Yes, it speaks of a different time and a different context but the exhortation for us to pray, and the knowledge that God hears our prayers, is as relevant for us today as ever it was then. The verse reads like this: ‘If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.’ Jesus, of course, gives us the model of how we should pray as we humble ourselves before ‘Our Father in heaven’ (Matt 6:9ff). Throughout the bible we are encouraged to pray with the knowledge that God hears us and will answer our prayers. Whether that is in the ways we think are best, or the ways we’d expect is for God to decide but he will answer our prayers. It is also why we ask that he will lead us by his Spirit when we do pray so that we might be praying in tune with his leading and will.

This is a prayer that we will no doubt be using on Wednesday evening and I commend it to you now. It is a prayer that has been commissioned by our Archbishops and is intended for use at this time.

Lord Jesus Christ,

In these dark and difficult days

We turn our hearts too you.

In ages past you have delivered

Our nation from disaster.

Do it again we pray.

Give wisdom beyond human

Wisdom to our leaders.

Give strength beyond human

strength to the NHS and all our

Frontline workers.

Give comfort beyond human

Comfort to children and the

Elderly and all who grieve.

Lord Jesus Christ. In these

Dark and difficult days, turn

Your face towards us, have

Mercy upon us, and heal our

Land we pray. Amen

It is both our privilege and responsibility as Christians to pray. When we look around us and feel the frailty of our humanness in the face of seemingly unstoppable forces how good it is to be able to turn to a God who is bigger, greater, higher and wiser than all things. We turn to him to both transform things for the future and to walk with us and all those in need here in the present. As it says in Isaiah 40:25 as we hear the voice of God speak’ ‘To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal? Says the Holy One’. Who indeed! Let’s keep worshipping, keep trusting and keep praying.

 

With every blessing James