Pew news 05th May 2019

Is there any limit to what our Father will do in response to his people’s prayers?  St Paul didn’t think so.  He credited God with power to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine (Eph 3:20).

I spent Lent studying John’s Gospel.  Jesus stresses a promise that struck me with new force: “I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.  You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it” (John 14:13-14).  He encourages us to pray in the same way in John 15:7, 15:16, 16:32-27.  Follow up those references sometime 15:16, 16:32-27.  Follow up those references sometime to get a sense of how very much Jesus wants us to take up his invitation to pray.  God intends to be glorified, to bear fruit and reach the world in answer to our prayers.

It is not a surprise that when God revives his church, the breakthrough comes in answer to prayer.  The revivals in 18th century Great Britain, Ireland and America seem to have sprung out of the commitment of a small group of Christians in Germany to pray for 100 years.  They kept it up for all that time!

Can God revive us?  He can renew and reorder our fellowship in every way.  Just imagine the Holy Spirit stamping the hallmarks of revival on Christ Church: passionate prayer, heartfelt repentance, transformed relationships, bold evangelism, faithful suffering and irrepressible joy.  That would certainly shake us up.  But let’s not just try to imagine it, let’s pray for it.

With that in mind, there will be a day of prayer this Wednesday 8th May.  There will be four slots: 6 am, 10 am, 2 pm and 8-10 pm.  Come along to one session, or all.  Not a prayer meeting type of person?  Become one!  You won’t be asked to pray out loud – but you can if you want.  There will be pre-written prayers available to read out if that helps.  Each session will have a different focus, but the overriding theme will be asking for God to revive us.  Taking Jesus at his word, we know that our Father will hear and do more than we ask.  Let the Holy Spirit stir us!