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Weekly SNAC, 17 May 2015 - The foolish business of prayer



I have been so encouraged by the first two weeks of our month of prayer. What a joy to get together with so many of my brothers and sisters from church and spend time in serious prayer. A couple of reflections after 2 weeks:

- Prayer really can seem so foolish and weak. As we sit there sometimes not knowing what to pray, sometimes yawning, sometimes repeating ourselves, it can seem like such a waste of time. Yet, we know that this is the way God has chosen to act in the world – in response to the prayers of the righteous!

- Prayer really is so encouraging. Most of us struggle to pray at all, let alone for a long and sustained period of time. How encouraging it is after you have been praying for 45 minutes to then discover that you find more things to pray about, not less. Sometimes I fear we are distracted too early and too quickly. Why not choose one of the weeks to come and pray for the full two and a half hours?

- If you can come for a short period that is great. You will be tempted to think that you have wasted your time and then to sleep in next week. You haven’t! You have joined together with the Saints in prayer and there cannot possibly be a better use of your time.

If you need one final encouragement, then read Luke 11:5-13 this week.


Making May a month of prayer for the Harvest (2 weeks to go!)

Will you make May a month of sacrificial prayer for the Harvest? Even if you haven’t yet, why not start now?

Tuesday Mornings (19 & 26 May)
6:30am – 9am at St James’ Carlton (please enter quietly through the carpark entrance)

Wednesday mornings (20 &27 May)
6:30am – 9am at Bexley North

Who should come?
Everyone. If your children are old enough to understand please bring them also.

Do I come for the whole time?
Come at whatever time suits for as long as you are able. Some will come from 6:30am for 15 minutes before going to work. Some will come at 8:15am for 30 minutes before school. Some will come for 2 hours!

What do I do when I get there?
Just come in quietly and join a group. Every 20 minutes or so we will pause and make some suggestions of prayer points to focus our prayer.

What if I am a young Christian who is not certain what to do?
Come and learn! At the very least join in saying Amen to other people’s prayers!

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