Friday, 13 February 2009

Say a little prayer for you!

‘Well, let’s pray it works’ is not an uncommon turn of phrase, although one often wonders how much praying actually accompanies it. It’s perhaps more indicative of a ‘hit and hope’ philosophy. And while hope is not to be underestimated there are better versions available than the ‘hit and...’ variety. When push comes to shove many people will turn to prayer, although fewer will probably admit to it. However for some of us prayer plays a more regular part in our lives.

Prayer can be so much more than just the occasional cry for help or a random bless-me-please! It’s a connection with a God who is able to work miracles and change the seemingly unchangeable. If you like, He can deliver on a level that would meet the expectations pinned to Obama – only more so! That's encouraging given the nature of our work here and you can probably see why I got excited when somebody pointed out this extract from the Bible this morning: “They will not work in vain, and their children will not be doomed to misfortune. For they are people blessed by the Lord, and their children, too, will be blessed. I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers!”

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