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Letter from the Vicarage.
Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. (Ephesians 6:18).
First of all, I would like to say what a wonderful couple of weeks I have had getting to Liz as she was welcomed into the parish following her ordination as Deacon. More than 20 people from the congregation went to the service in the cathedral and it was a fabulous and joyous occasion.
It didn’t take Liz & I long before we found ourselves preparing for 5 groups of school children who were coming into church last week to experience different types of prayer. Without hesitation, Liz rolled up her sleeves and threw herself into the challenge without so much as batting an eyelid.
I suspect many of you might remember praying at school and it was a case of eyes closed, hands together. Praying in that way is fine and many are still likely to pray that way. But in the words above St Paul encourages his listeners to ‘pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all types of prayers’. Well, I have to say the children certainly put that to the test.
There were six prayer places inside and outside of church and the children moved round each one in small groups. There were thankful ducks, friendship stones, Fizzy Forgiveness, Bubble tube prayers, feelings prayer cards with scrabble letters to add words to their feelings and Big Questions to God.
It was so humbling as the children shared their prayers with us and it reminded me that there are numerous ways of praying and even more reasons why we do so.
Sometimes though, adults can get worked up about their prayer life. I have even heard it said, ‘I don’t know where to begin or how to pray’. If only we could view prayer the eyes of a child. The children were brilliant examples that prayer does not have to be a ‘one size fits all’. Indeed, each of us will have our own preferred way of praying. However, it is worth experimenting now and then. I think the most important thing is to know that God hears our prayer however we do it. It is a two-way thing between us and God and as well as speaking to him we are required to listen to him too. So, sometimes it is just wonderful to be still in God’s presence and let him do the work.
In time, I think it would be wonderful if we could explore and experience prayer in different ways. But meanwhile, please do take some time to pray. Talk with God, ask him the big questions, give thanks for good things, tell him how you are feeling and importantly listen to what he may be saying to you.
Liz and I are here for you too and if we can help you explore prayer in your life, please feel free to ask at any time. We might not always have the answers but we can help you pray, we can pray for you or alongside you and we can pray for God to show us all the way.
With many blessings,