Our own society is in deep need. Britain is broken in so many ways. Our news bulletins carry so many tragedies, not least in the current news of the tragic shooting of the two policewomen, just a few weeks ago. The pastoral burden that every local church bears is a continual reminder to us that a tragically high number of our fellow citizens lead dysfunctional, damaged lives. And the on-going financial crisis bears down on all of this, adding yet more layers of anxiety to our already traumatic situation.
It is easy to think that we, as local Christians, can do nothing.
That is so wrong.
We CAN do something. We can pray. Not the polite few words that come to our lips in opening or in closing a church meeting. But prayer where we turn to God with our inner selves, and with real urgency ask God for help. We need to cast ourselves and our hurting world upon him with a renewed sense of our absolute dependence upon him.
Prayer is not something a Christian should do occasionally. It is something that we should be doing all the time. Prayer is the only link we have with God. It is the most vital thing that we can do in life. You would not get far in a human relationship without speaking to the one you love; you will not get far in any spiritual realm without speaking, either.
When we open our hearts to God in prayer, he hears us. He increases our faith, and our desire for more of him, and for the extension of his kingdom.
Don’t know what to pray? It is simple; ‘your kingdom come... into....’ whatever situation about which you are praying. You cannot pray for everything and everyone. For example, I’ve chosen to use the TV news bulletins as a prompt to pray for the families of servicemen and women when the News tells of more soldiers killed.
Our churches can be real spiritual powerhouses – more expectant in worship, more effective in witness, more able to be the salt and light of our society.