I have just finished compiling the Prayer Calendar for our churches for 2020 and I am starting to ask churches for their prayer points for the year ahead. Looking back at 2019, I have been really encouraged to hear stories about the regional gatherings across the country, focussing on worship and prayer for our churches and our nation.
With the demise of the traditional weekly prayer meeting, it has also been encouraging to hear how churches are again developing gatherings for regular committed prayer together. How our communities and indeed, society as a whole, need bathed in prayer and saturated with the love and hope only Jesus can bring. In a society which is even more fragmented and fraught, we should be crying out to God in intercession and listening attentively to what God stirs in our hearts.
Corporate prayer is very important and we should be encouraging one another to pray for our own church, our local communities and our family of churches across our nation. Can I encourage you in 2020 to follow our daily prayer guide throughout the year and intercede for our family of churches as well as our chaplains and other sister organisations? I know it would mean a lot to people within our churches to know others are praying for them as they seek to serve Christ in their area.
Individual prayer is also really important, not just to recite a shopping list but to take time to listen to the heart of our Father. I have started using the new Lectio365 prayer app from 24-7 Prayer and I have been finding this hugely beneficial to my own prayer life in encouraging me to slow down, pause, reflect on Scripture and pray in a more focussed and intentional way.
Prayer is a fantastic gift from God to enable us to connect with Him, worship Him, share our hopes and our fears and stand in the gap for others. In 2020, let’s encourage one another to use this gift of prayer for our churches, communities, our own lives and the lives of those around us.
The Prayer Calendar for 2020 is available on our website here:
Prayer Guide Coordinator