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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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Thy Kingdom Come 2017

"We are invited to make a lasting difference in our nation and in our world, by responding to his call and to find a deep unity of purpose in Prayer" - Archbishop Justin Welby

Listen to the Archbishop here talk about the Wave of Prayer during Pentecost. Put the dates in your diary (25th May - 4th June 2017) and watch our website for how St. Mary's will be praying!
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
May 5 For the whole church to join in prayer 25 May - 4 June
Acts 1:12-14
After Jesus’ ascension the apostles returned to Jerusalem to pray and ten days later at Pentecost the Holy Spirit was released and the church was born.
Thy Kingdom Come 2017 invites Christians to make a lasting difference in our nations and in our world by responding to Jesus’ call to fnd a deep unity of purpose in prayer.
Lord Jesus, thank you for this global wave of prayer. We ask that many people will commit to pray for fve people they know through Pledge2Pray. May everything that takes place bring glory to your name, and may your mercy and love be revealed as we pray and work together. Come Holy Spirit and empower us to be joyful witnesses.
Jane Holloway, World Prayer Centre; Thy Kingdom Come

May 12 Reaching our young people
1 Timothy 4:12
How amazing that the Lord chose Mary, possibly as young as 14 or 15 years old, to be the mother of Jesus. God in fragile human form in the hands of a teenager! In turn, Jesus himself mentored young people as his disciples. Amazing! We also must raise up young people as leaders, empowering them to fulfl their purpose in Christ.
Jesus, may we love, encourage and support our young people, not looking down on anybody because they are young, but mentoring young people to set an example in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. Multiply our love for young people that we can invest in young people, just as you have shown us.
Phil Timson, HOPE Youth Director

May 19 Being an effective witness
2 Corinthians 5:14-15
We’re constantly witnessing to hundreds of things as important to us (iPhones, Ford cars, Levi’s, etc.). How much more though do we witness to Jesus as the heart of all we are? The question isn’t ‘shall we witness’, but ‘are we going to be good witnesses’. If Jesus rose from the dead, every part of our lives should be different!
Generous God, as we have known your love, life, salvation, joy, mercy and hope, help us to be generous in effectively sharing your call with those around us. Help us to live in a way that provokes and intrigues people to seek you. Give us opportunities, courage and joy in faithfully showing and sharing your life this week.
Barry Hill, Diocesan Resource Church Enabler,
Rector of Market Harborough

May 26 Thy Kingdom Come 25 May - 4 June
Luke 11: 9-13
Prayer happens when we have a challenge we can’t meet by our own resources. As none of us has the resources to bring someone to faith in Jesus Christ, we have to ask the Holy Spirit for help. Thy Kingdom Come is an invitation to do just that – so that through our witness others can come to know Jesus Christ. Almighty God, your ascended Son has sent us into the world to preach the good news of your Kingdom: inspire us with your Spirit and fill our hearts with the fre of your love, that all who
hear your Word may be drawn to you, through Jesus Christ our Lord
Thy Kingdom Come team

 
June 2 Come, Holy Spirit
 
 
When we pray, ‘Come, Holy Spirit’ we don't immediately think of Mary! Yet, when we reflect on this verse from Luke, it reminds us that praying ‘Come Holy Spirit’ will bring all sorts of changes and disruption into our lives! Yet, it is through Mary's welcoming of God's Spirit that transformation on a global, even cosmic scale, was enacted.
 
 
Loving God we pray, Come Holy Spirit! We trust you, and we want to open our lives and be willing to be changed and disrupted in the process. As we pray for your Kingdom to come, we ask that you would give us the humility and courage to receive and release your Holy Spirit. Amen.
 
Lynn Green, General Secretary, Baptist Union

 
 
June 9 Praying for Muslim communities
 
 
As Muslims worldwide continue in Ramadan, praying for a revelation from heaven, and praying daily that they will know the ‘Right Way’, join with millions of believers who will also be praying each day for Jesus to be unveiled to them in dreams and visions, and through meeting believers who love them.
 
 
Father, thank you that you are revealing yourself to millions of Muslims worldwide. As they daily seek the ‘Right Way’ for their lives, will you reveal yourself to them as ‘Isa Al Masih’ (Jesus the Messiah), who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Forgive us for our fear, and fill our hearts with love for them.
 
Gordon Hickson, Mahabba Network

 
 
June 16 Pray for five: people we meet
 
 
The believers in Acts 12 prayed ‘earnestly’ for Peter who was in prison, but when they heard he’d miraculously escaped, they responded ‘You’re out of your mind’! Let’s pray for opportunities to share Jesus with the people we’ll meet today and in our daily lives.
 
 
Our God and Father, we thank you that you already know the people we will meet each day. Help us to pray daily for opportunities to share Jesus with those we encounter. Grow our faith so that we pray with expectation, having our eyes and hearts open, and let’s expect God to move.
 
Lucy Olofinjana, Evangelical Alliance

 
 
June 23 Discipleship
 
 
The apostle Paul gives us an interesting insight on discipleship. It does not begin in the will but in the mind where we store our beliefs and values. One area for discipleship is our missionality; how we reach out to other people, and this also begins in the mind.
 
 
Heavenly Father, so often I respond to people on the basis of what I see and I don’t see people as you see them. I ask that you enlarge my heart and mind that I might see each individual, whatever their background, as beautiful and wonderful, created in your image.
 
Laurence Singlehurst, Cell UK and HOPE

 
 
June 30 Prison Chaplains at work
 
 
Being a Prison Chaplain is like no other ministry I know of. Every day they work tirelessly to offer hope, support and care to some of the nation’s most vulnerable people and those who keep them in custody. Every day they get the opportunity to see Jesus in the eyes of the prisoner. Do you know a chaplain at a prison you could pray for?
 
 
Almighty God, we pray for Prison Chaplains who are today ministering faithfully with the recently bereaved, the suicidal, victims and perpetrators of violence, those without hope, and those with hope recently reborn. May they experience a renewed revelation of you in the midst of their ministry, which today reminds them of the glorious hope by which they were called.
 
Bob Wilson, Free Churches Faith Advisor to NOMS and Prison Hope

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