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Call to Prayer 

Hello everyone
 
These continue to be a strange times. As we face the prospect of Lockdown 2 and our world being restricted again it may feel overwhelming.
 
I’m writing to you all to encourage you to pray intentionally every day next week. This may seem like an obvious thing to do and I am sure that many of us pray regularly already, but in the light of the world that we live in it is my belief that we should intentionally pray for God to intervene in the situation that we find ourselves in.
 
Last week I read these words from Pete Greig and they were a challenge to me:

"Eight months of restriction, isolation and sorrow. Riots in the street. Financial markets in free fall. Almost 1.2m people dead (with winter on its way in the north). Churches closed worldwide to public worship for the first time in 2000 years.

My dear friends, if 2020 still hasn’t brought us to our knees, if it hasn’t yet become a klaxon call to urgent prayer in our lives, if it isn’t somehow making me kinder, if I am actually still expecting politicians to solve it, or economists to fix it, or doctors to cure it, or bible verses to keep my problems at bay, maybe I need to ask the Holy Spirit for a little urgent CPR! To defibrillate my zombie soul to 'seek the Lord while he may be found; to call on him while he is near' (Isaiah 55:7)"
 
Sometimes we can find ourselves calling out to God because we are worried or fearful or things feel like they are getting out of control.  I want us to pray at this time from a strong position of knowing that our God is a powerful God. In Romans 8:31 it says; ‘What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?’ With this in our mind as we pray we are able to pray with a great confidence.
 
Can I encourage every one of you to put aside time next week each day to pray. I encourage you to make this extra time commitment to intentional prayer. It might be 5 or 10 minutes, or maybe you feel convicted by God for it to be longer. You might make it part of your daily exercise or find a quiet space in your home to call out to God.
 
Each day we will send out an email with a few thoughts and pointers to start you off. On Friday we will join with the Evangelical Alliance and many other churches who have called for a day of prayer. On Saturday 14 November at 10.00am we will join together on Zoom to pray. Please let us know, by replying to this e-mail, if you want the link for that.
 
As I have said in the past we might not know what the future holds, but we know who holds the future!
  
God bless
Daniel

 
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