“Somebody prayed for me, had me on their mind, took the time to pray for me. I’m so very glad, I’m so glad they prayed, I’m so glad they prayed for me.”
By the time you read this blog, we will have had our “Day of Prayer” at St Mary’s and hopefully some of us will have found a few new ways to pray and gained a few insights from Bishop Stephen too. Prayer is such an important part of Christian life and I think there is often the expectation that we should somehow know “how to do it”. However, in my experience, whether we have a lifetime of prayer or we’re just starting out, we will have questions, doubts and may need a little help every now and then. I know that I do!
I don’t know how you feel when you know that somebody is praying for you? I know that I feel a mixture of emotions. Sometimes we may be surprised by who is praying for us, by who has taken the time and care to hold us in their thoughts. Hopefully we are glad that somebody has prayed for us.
The words above are from a lovely African American Spiritual that I learnt a couple of years ago. It is a very simple song, but it also says something that very few other songs do. It says that part of our belonging to a worshipping community, is because other people have prayed for us. We are joined together by prayer. We are “at one” with each other and with God, in and through our prayers.
Prayer joins us together, keeps us in communion with God and with each other. There may be times when we struggle, when we need to be carried in prayer by those around us. At other points, we may find our prayers come easily. We pray for others, because we know what it is like to have somebody pray for us, and we want to share this.
In all our prayers, offered and received, may we know that our Lord Jesus Christ is continually praying for us.
“My Saviour prayed for me, had me on his mind, took the time to pray for me. I’m so very glad, I’m so glad he prayed, I’m so glad he prayed for me.”
PS: Don’t forget the opportunities to join in with some walks this month: Elsie Bouffler begins her “Walks and Thoughts” for the summer on Thursday 16th July and the Deanery Prayer Pilgrimage reaches St Mary’s on Saturday 18th July.