Prayer Blog 8th – 14th March 2015

Prayer Blog 8th – 14th March 2015

Try Praying

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.[1]

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.


[1] http://www.trypraying.org/about

7 thoughts on “Prayer Blog 8th – 14th March 2015

  1. Bill McD

    I have to confess I am uncomfortable with the term ‘Chinese’ to describe the food instead of the people. However, I do remember that in times past William Rainey was a frequent client and built up a close relationship with the owners (who may have changed).
    Not for me though. I am not into Asian food – Far. East or South East.

    On the prayer topic, I often reflect on the fact that the big characters of the Old Testament had a conversational relationship with God and yet were just as flawed as we all are. Think Noah, think debauchery and drunkenness, think David , think adultery and murder. And yet I find myself acting as if God would not be interested in the detail of my life, but what does Christ say about that? He says the very hairs on my head are numbered.

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  2. Bill McD

    As it happens, having posted the above I then went on to read my daily bible notes and came up with thoughts from 1 Peter 4 : 7 where Peter writes about the end times and the need to keep a clear head to be able to pray.

    What that says to me is don’t let life get in the way of time spent with God.

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  3. Anne McD

    ‘Tell God all that is in your heart as one unloads all that is in one’s heart, its pleasures and its pains, to a dear friend. Tell Him your troubles that He may comfort you; tell Him your joys that He may sober them; tell Him your longings that He may purify them; tell Him your dislikes that He may help you overcome them; talk to Him of your temptations that He may shield you from them; show Him the wounds of your heart that He may heal them; lay bare your indifference to good, your depraved tastes for evil; tell Him how vanity tempts you to be insincere, how pride disguises you to yourself and others. Tell Him – He’s your friend.’ Francois Fenelon, French archbishop and theologian who lived in the seventeenth century. TRY PRAYING!

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    1. chris esplin

      I found my way here at last.! and Anne I agree with Willie,. What a wonderful model for prayer.. Thank you..

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