Monthly Comment

Time for Prayer

Most people know they should pray but I guess many of us find it hard to pray.We know that Jesus’ disciples found it hard to pray; they went to him and asked him to teach them to pray.
“Jesus was praying. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples." (Luke 11:1).

When we start to think about prayer the n the first thing we should notice is that it comes in many different guises. There can be silent prayer, open prayer, Biblical prayer and liturgical prayer to name but a few ways of praying. These different ways of praying remind us of some of the fundamental truths about prayer. Silent prayer speaks of the need to be open and listen to God; as we are reminded in the words of 1 Samuel 3:10, “speak Lord for your servant is
listening”. Open prayer reminds us of the constant open access we have to God, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20). Liturgical prayer is saying to us that when we don’t have the words to say then others have crafted them for us and that we are sharing in prayer that is centuries old, so we are just a little part of the constant stream of prayer that has been offerd to God by the church down the centuries. Jesus gave us crafted words to pray when he taught the disciples the Lord’s Prayer. “He said to them, ‘When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name your kingdom come’.” (Luke 11:2). Biblical prayer allows us to spend time
with the word of God and reflect on how God can speak to us through the Scriptures. As we are reminded in Psalm 119:105, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path”. As we pray we join our voices with others around the
world and down the centuries.

This autumn we shall be running a four-week course on prayer. Why don’t you come and join in. You will learn. You will be refreshed in your own prayer life. You will be able to share your thoughts with others and so learn from each other. We will begin on Tuesday 26th September at 7.30 pm, and for the next three Tuesday evenings, in the Vicarage.
26th September Biblical Prayer
3rd October Silent Prayer
10th October Liturgical Prayer
17th October Open Prayer

David Nichol