The Bishop's Comment: Love to Pray

5th July 2022

A wise Christian said that, when faced with too many things to do, they got up even earlier to allow more time for prayer.

This is a habit that rewards richly, rooting our uncertain and fragmented lives in a loving, trustworthy relationship with almighty God through Lord Jesus Christ. 

The honest-to-God conversation of the Psalms can help us keep going in prayer. "My feet were almost gone; my steps had well-nigh slipped." "Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing upon earth that I desire in comparison with you." "But it is good for me to draw near to God; in the Lord God have I made my refuge, that I may tell of all your works" (Psalm 73:2, 25, 28)

Learning a simple pattern of conversation will assist in resetting the day in God's perspective. One memorable guide is ACTS. Adore, Confess, Thank, Supplicate (or Ask).  

Jesus Christ, in whose name Christians pray, gave the 'Our Father' for our daily prayer, reminding us that millions across the world are praying too. 

As you go into the summer with its hopeful holidays and creative activities not least with the excitement of the Commonwealth Games, against the background of persistent Covid, continuing war and violence, increased migration, climate and cost of living anxiety, you might also like to keep by you a contemporary prayer guide. 'Daily Prayer with the Corrymeela Community' by Padraig O Tuama (Canterbury Press 2017) or 'Silence and Honey Cakes' by Rowan Williams (Lion 2003) are realistic and inspiring. 

Or simply meditate on this verse, 

"On God alone my soul in stillness waits; 
from him comes my salvation". Psalm 62:1