By May 24, 2020 No Comments

Dear Friends,

‘’but when you are praying , go to your private room, shut yourself in, and pray to your Father who is in that secret place, and your Father who sees in secret will reward you’

Matthew Ch 6 v 6

In his book ‘Prayers of Life’ Michel Quoist wrote: ‘If we knew how to listen to God, if we knew how to look around us, our whole life would become a prayer. For it unfolds under God’s eyes and no part of it must be lived without being freely offered to him. Words are only a means. However, the silent prayers which has moved beyond words must always spring from everyday life, for everyday life is the raw material of prayer.’ The fact is prayer strengthens it is the bungee cord linking us to the power of God. Our perception of the link may vary, but the divine elastic of the cord never breaks. Prayer never goes unanswered by God; he always hears; but we need to have faith in his desire to respond and his gifting of the Holy Spirit to guide us.

How will you pray during these days leading up to Pentecost? You may be joining in with the Diocese Thy Kingdom come initiatives? Perhaps you’ll incorporate prayer as you take you daily exercise? Or perhaps you will use the raw material from your everyday life because everyday life is the raw material of prayer. Jesus when he took hold of his disciples made them understand that they must let God work in them. Nevertheless receptivity doesn’t mean forgetfulness of others or situations. On the contrary the disciple laden with the weight of their brother and sisters taken into their keeping, must bring them silently to God- to make possible a meeting with them in His presence.

With my love and blessings

Revd Ali