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Importance of Prayer
12/10/2018

This month, we want to spend some time in prayer as a church, seeking God's face for our congregations and the wider needs of the Gospel that God places on our heart. I have been thinking recently about prayer and was struck by the thought 'how do I make time for more prayer in my life?' and the answer I felt come back immediately from the Lord was 'pray for a burden from God'. In an instant, I could feel in my spirit a real sense from God that this is what we as a wider community of God's people need at this time (and all the time). 

I have found in my Christian life that there have been times when I have felt a real burden to spend time praying and seeking God's face. Usually, it is because I've allowed my personal devotions to drift and I get a burden to spend some quality time with the Lord. It's as if the Lord is saying 'Tom! I've missed you, how about spending some quality time with me?' And what a blessing it is to then renew fellowship with the Lord in personal prayer. Anyway, the point of all this is to say that I think the Lord is seeking to do a new work in Swindon and as the famous Matthew Henry put it, 'when God is about to do a work He sets his people a praying'. So can I ask you to pray this prayer, 'Lord, will you help me to pray by giving me a greater burden to pray for my church and my town, that your Kingdom will come and your will may be done on earth as it is in Heaven.' 

Don't be surprised when you start to feel a daily burden to talk to God about his church and the growth of the Kingdom in Swindon and wider afield. On a practical note, when do you create space in your day to talk to God? If God gives you a burden to pray, when are you able to respond to that burden and pray? Think about this, because if God gives you a burden, you need to find space to respond to it. I've also had times when due to a failure on my part to respond to a burden it has lifted and I've drifted in my walk with God.

I really believe that God is going to move in power in our town, so I urge you to take up the baton of powerful and purposeful prayer since it is for such a time as this that we have been called to stand as both watchmen and warriors in the army of the Lord.  "What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honour at God’s right hand, pleading for us."

If He is pleading, then let us join Him in the same endeavour.

Blessings,

Tom

 
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