Dear friends,

During my recent visit to Spring Harvest in Skegness, we spent time reflecting on the theme of prayer.  In doing so, we were reminded not only of the need to spend time with God in prayer (Matthew 6:5-6), but also of the need to continue to bring things to God in prayer (see the Parable of the Persistent Widow in Luke 18:1-8) and of the unlimited power of prayer when we bring things expectantly to God (Mark 11:22-24).  We were also reminded about The Lord’s Prayer, in which Jesus taught his disciples to pray “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done”.

What, then, does it mean to us to pray “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done” today?  To me, this is both about looking to the ultimate fulfilment of God’s purposes – the “new heaven and new earth” mentioned in Revelation – and about serving God in responding to the world’s many challenges and needs in the present age.  With that in mind, I would encourage you to get involved with two prayer-based opportunities this month:

First, Christian Aid have produced prayer booklets for use in Christian Aid Week (12th to 18th May).  These will be available in church on 12th May, or can be ordered at

https://www.christianaid.org.uk/christian-aid-week/resources

The focus of Christian Aid week this year is on Sierra Leone and the prayer booklets will help us to learn more about the people of Sierra Leone, to pray for them and to consider ways of responding in our own community, through campaigning and by supporting Christian Aid’s fundraising.

Also, as the Thy Kingdom Come global prayer initiative will be happening again this year from Ascension Day on 30th May to Pentecost to 9th June, we will be are getting involved in different ways and prayer journals will be available in church, or can be downloaded at

https://www.methodist.org.uk/our-faith/prayer/thy-kingdom-come/thy-kingdom-come-resources

https://www.thykingdomcome.global/resources/prayer-journal-2019

In his first letter to the Thessalonians, Paul wrote: “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thess. 5:16-18, NIV).  May our prayers enable us to draw nearer to God, to understand God’s purposes and to respond to God’s calling on our lives.

God bless,

Robert.