Posts from August 2020

Reflections on Morning Prayer – Week 24

By now, we should have the motivation to pray and no doubt have assembled a good list of people to pray for. But how should we go about praying for all these needs? On the face of it, this may seem a straightforward proposition, but in my experience, engaging in prayer often challenges both our ability to concentrate and to find the right words. When we pray, It is helpful to find a suitable location, preferably where we can get… [Continue Reading]

Reflections on Morning Prayer – Week 23

Having addressed the reasons for committing ourselves to intercessory prayer last week, we now consider what issues we should address in our prayers. We have already given to God our praise and thanksgiving – so this is the time to pray for other people and for our personal circumstances. There will always be the temptation to pray spontaneously for our own needs and neglect the bigger challenges facing the world and other people. In this reflection, we will use Scripture… [Continue Reading]

Lebanon one week on: broken glass, broken system, broken hearts

It has been just over a week since the terrible explosion in Beirut. Mission partners Audrey and Colin Gibson tell us from the ground: “Of course, there is still much to be done and people are still deeply affected. The faces of many of our friends and colleagues are etched with deep sadness and despondency, but lurking beneath is also a real anger and frustration. “One young work colleague, injured and bleeding from facial injuries received as she was driving near… [Continue Reading]

Reflections on Morning Prayer – Week 22

After responding to our readings from the Bible, we come to our time for intercessory prayer. During the next weeks, I will address three issues which may be in our minds when we come to pray: why do we need to pray? what people/topics should we pray for? and how should we go about praying? Throughout the Bible, prayer is not regarded as an optional extra for the super-spiritual, but as the mainstay of our daily walk with God. Paul… [Continue Reading]

Reflections on Morning Prayer – Week 21

We have come to the first section of Morning Prayer where we have some discretion. This is not a time to be wasted – we can move straight into our intercessory prayers – but that would be to miss one of the most valuable opportunities we have – to reflect on the Scriptures we have been reading. What is God saying to me today? At the beginning of his leadership, Joshua was given these words in order to lead the… [Continue Reading]

Reflections on Morning Prayer – Week 20

What can be said about the New Testament in a short reflection? Firstly, we can ask the question, why were the books written? John sums up the reason for writing his gospel and his first letter, thus: … these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. John 20. 30,31 I write these things to you who believe in the name of… [Continue Reading]