Prayer Blog 8th – 14th March 2015
Last Christmas we displayed a banner outside our church. It featured a nativity scene with the words, ‘No room at the Inn – Plenty room here; come and join us’. The banner was posted on the wall of a Chinese takeaway, adjacent to our building, because our church is set back from the road and we felt the need to let the passing world know, hey guys we believe this stuff, why not come and join us! We were grateful also for the fact that our neighbours gave us permission to use their wall in an age when the Christian message sometimes meets hostility.
The other day I was travelling to a ministers’ fraternal in Inverness and the thought occurred to me, we could do with another banner for Easter. I wondered what it might look like and I shared the above story with the other ministers. One bright suggestion was, how about; ‘forget the Chinese, come to church!’ Amusing but doubt it would go down well with the neighbours.
Then we heard how churches in Inverness have raised £3000 to have the ‘Try Praying’ logo put on the sides of buses over the Easter period. In addition to this a few will display a Try Praying banner and the congregations will hand out Try Praying booklets or leave them in public places. The combination of the bus adverts, banners and booklets will hopefully raise people’s awareness over praying, get them asking questions and God willing, even try it. Simple but effective.
It also occurred to me that we as Christians could use this as an opportunity to try praying more often, or more fervently, or whatever other way we may consider improving our prayer life. Prayer is talking to God, so why not quieten our own minds and talk to him more. During Lent people are encouraged to give something up in order to focus on prayer. But we can also add something into our lives, prayer.
The point of all this, for people who have never tried it, is to come into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The point of it, for us as Christians, is to get to know him more and to help introduce others to him. So why not try it. Try Praying!
A Prayer – From the Try Praying web-site
There’s no time like the present. You can pray wherever you are. The following is taken from an ancient prayer and helps us know what God is really like:
“But you O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger and abounding in faithfulness. Turn to me…”
Let us pray, that many would be turned to him, through this joint initiative, in the days ahead.