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Prayer is a gift of God. "Gift" is a good word to describe prayer, because praying is not something we can do of ourselves. Prayer is a gift God must give and God gives that gift generously, without consideration of our worthiness or our unworthiness. Sinners as well as saints can pray. In fact, every human being is able to pray.

Prayer should be a very important part of all our lives. It provides a way to move through life with peace in our hearts. Prayer is a tool, which we use to build our awareness of God within us and to bring ourselves closer to Him. And it is this awareness of God's presence that keeps us centred.

Prayer provides us with the means to thank God for all that he does for us, to praise Him, to confess where we have gone wrong and to ask Him for help. The great thing is that God already knows what is in our hearts and minds so we can be honest with God, and say exactly how we feel, or even just sit in silence.

Our Father in Heaven,
Hallowed be your name.
Your Kingdom come,
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
As we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
Deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, the glory,
Are yours for ever and ever.
Amen.

"Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them." Matthew 18:19-20

If you would like somebody to pray for you and your situation or maybe for somebody else, who is struggling with their health or some other misfortune, please email a prayer request to us and we will pray for you at our Saturday Morning Prayer Meeting. All communications will be kept in confidence and we will not reply to you unless you specifically ask.

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Introducing Friday Focus

Churches across the UK are preparing for mission together in 2018 to make Jesus known.  Friday Focus 2017 provides the opportunity for us to pray where we are, and unite across our nations on Fridays (whenever possible) supporting all ongoing mission across the UK and preparing the way for HOPE 2018.

Many Christian denominations, agencies and churches are already part of HOPE 2018 (www.hopetogether.org.uk) There are many local and national initiatives being planned to make Jesus known to people in our villages, towns and cities during 2018. The aim is to see the entire church mobilised to work together for a year of mission, so that the good news of Jesus Christ is shared in words and action. The dream is to see 10 percent church growth in these next two years. But without prayer and seeking the empowering of the Holy Spirit, our work will not be as fruitful.
Each week Friday Focus takes a different theme: supporting national initiatives of prayer and mission; key seasons in the church’s calendar; the different people groups highlighted in the Talking Jesus report (www.talkingjesus.org); the people we know and meet; the communities we are part of, and the places where we live.

Leaders from denominations, mission and prayer organisations and networks are writing the reflections based on a Bible passage, and there will also be a written prayer to accompany each theme.  You can use Prayer Focus for private prayer or in church services and prayer meetings.

Colossians 4 verses 2-3 sums up what we long to see from this year of praying together. We want to see every individual and church devoting itself to prayer – being watchful and thankful. We want everyone to be asking God to open the doors for mission opportunities and asking for clarity as we talk about Jesus. We want to encourage each other to make the most of every opportunity, to give the reason for the hope we have, with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15).

Do join in – and be part of the answer! Download the prayers from www.hopetogether.org.uk/prayer

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Colossians 4: 2-3
 
October 27 Hunger for God’s word
Isaiah 55:1-3
This ancient invitation to God’s people to feast on God’s word and his promises at a time of national despair, continues to echo even today as we frantically
consume perishable goods in vain. Let us be bold to draw people to the life-giving nourishment of the Scriptures, so that the deeper longings and thirst for life can be fully satisfed.
Our Father, give us the hunger and the thirst for your word, so that like the Psalmist we can all say: ‘How sweet is your promise to my palate, sweeter on my tongue than honey!’ And through the life-giving transformation of the Scriptures we can arouse the same hunger and longing for your word in others.
Oldi Morava,
Bible Society for Bible Sunday
NOVEMBER
November 3 Joyful invitation
Luke 10:1-11, 17
When Jesus sends out the 72 he tells them the truth that as they go to invite people to hear about the kingdom of God, they will be welcomed and rejected, but they must wipe the dust from their feet. Do we miss the joy of inviting people to take a closer look at Jesus because we fear the possibility of rejection?
Dear Heavenly Father, we pray that you will give us the courage to face those who might reject an invitation to get to know you. May we also, like the 72, experience the joy of serving you in mission. We pray that you might bring to mind right now someone you would like us to invite, in Jesus name. Amen.
Michael Harvey, National Weekend of Invitation

November 10 Remembrance
John 15:9-17
Tomorrow will be the 99th anniversary of the ending of WW1. We remember all those who gave their lives not only in two world wars but also in the many conflicts
since. Should we not also pray for those who still serve our country today in the armed forces and for those veterans whose lives bear the scars of their service?
Almighty God, we thank you that the Lord Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. We remember with sorrow and gratitude the sacrifce of so many in the service of our
country. We pray that those currently serving will hear and respond to the gospel, and those troubled or injured during their service will turn to you for healing.

Val Hall, Armed Forces Christian Union

November 17 Prison Hope connecting with churches
2 Corinthians 5:11-21
Power is a vital tool in mobilising theChurch. Jesus demonstrated ‘power through weakness’. Yet, the Kingdom, power and the glory are his. God made us joint heirs with Christ. Love so amazing, he left his Holy Spirit for the tasks ahead. We have hope and we are assured to do greater works than Jesus, and God will be glorifed.
Lord, we praise you that you showed us mercy when we were in darkness; gave us freedom when we were in chains; showed us compassion when we were helpless.
We pray for a fresh move of your Holy Spirit to equip many churches to pray for and engage with their local prison, its staff and prisoners – bringing support and hope.

Danielle Fetuga-Joensuu,
Co-ordinator for Prison Hope

November 24 Carol services in stadiums
John 1:14
In recent years, Sports Chaplaincy UK has been encouraging its Chaplains to host stadium carol services at Christmas. Sports stadiums have been described as secular cathedrals as many people go there at weekends. At Christmas we remember God moving into our neighbourhood. How might you pray for and support one of these carol services to celebrate this amazing fact?
Father God, we thank you for the opportunity that you give us to use created spaces to enable us to unite together and to celebrate the birth of your Son. Give us boldness as we plan our Christmas programme to fnd spaces for us to start something new or join in with something that takes us beyond our church buildings.
Warren Evans, Chief Executive of Sports
Chaplaincy UK

DECEMBER

December 1 Hope for enquirers
1 Peter 3:15
Peter challenges us to ‘be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks…’. Sometimes the questions are not easy. The Christian Enquiry Agency is here to help. Our website Christianity.org.uk gives enquirers individual answers to their questions about Christianity; a Gospel of Luke if they request one; details of a local church or prayer for any issue.
Father God, thank you for the thousands of people who have used Christianity.org.uk over the years to fnd the answers they need about your Son Jesus and the Christian faith. Please bring the website to the attention of more people through church posters, invitations, parish magazines and the like, so that more people can fnd the answers they need.
Peter Graystone, Christian Enquiry Agency

December 8 Christmas HOPE
Luke 2:16-18
When the shepherds had seen the new-born Jesus, they spread the word and amazed everyone who heard their story. This Christmas churches will be distributing the Christmas HOPE magazine door-to-door in villages, towns and cities, spreading the Jesus story and inviting people to church.How will you and your church be reaching
out to people in your community this month?
Heavenly Father, thank you for sending Jesus to make it possible for us to know you. We pray for churches during this busy Advent season, that we will take the many
opportunities Christmas gives, to talk about Jesus, to invite people to Christmas events and to testify to the hope Jesus gives each of us when we trust him.

Catherine Butcher, Hope for Every Home

December 15 Christmas outreach and carol services
Acts 26:27-28
In a world of instant results, it’s good to remind ourselves that the journey of faith is a long one for most people. Let’s make a decision today, that ‘short time or long’, to
use all the opportunities that Christmas brings to care, invite and pray for those we know to come to know Jesus.
Dear Lord, I pray for opportunities to share my faith with someone over this Christmas. I pray that their heart will be ‘strangely warmed’ and they might consider you over
the Christmas season. Help me to know what events would be best for them and how I can help them along their journey towards you. Amen

Mark Greenwood, National Evangelist for Elim Churches, HOPE Leadership Team

December 22 Reaching out at Christmas
So it is only three days to go until the big day! It can be so easy to be caught up in the frenetic activity getting everything ready for those we know, that we can often forget those for whom the Christmas season is difcult. Take a moment to ask God to bring someone to mind for whom that is true.
Lord Jesus, help us to learn from this story of when angels told the shepherds on the hillside about your birth, they left their flocks and went to see. May we be ready to put down our own agendas to make time to both worship you and give time to help to those who are struggling this Christmas.
Jane Holloway, World Prayer Centre

December 29 Getting ready for 2018
Matthew 9:37-38
HOPE’s dream is a growing church, showing Jesus’ love and telling the Jesus story at the heart of every community. Churches across the spectrum of denominations are working together to make Jesus known with words and actions in our villages, towns and cities.
Let’s pray, asking God for opportunities to speak about Jesus, inviting people to respond to his love. Heavenly Father, help me to see opportunities to share your love with the people I meet. Show me how to serve them, and when to speak. I pray too for my church and the churches in my area, that we will be effective in telling the Jesus story and giving people ways to fnd out more and to respond.
Roy Crowne, HOPE

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