This month, Toongabbie Anglican are seeking to grow in the way we pray to our God.
We have been learning about prayer from Matthew 6, Philippians 4 and James 4. We have been reminded of who our God is... that he deserves all the glory... that he is powerful and in control. We have been reminded to trust him by praying to him... with our worries and our needs. This week, we look at our last Bible passage for this series on prayer; Ephesians 6.
One of the lesser known things about me is that I really like seeing plants grow. I am mainly interested in plants I can use to cook with, however that's not a must. I want to see my plants flourish in their seasons. I want to plant and water so that I will see growth and a harvest. I'm prepared to work for growth even it's gradual.
As a church, we really want to encourage one another to grow in the way we pray. Growing in prayer will mean knowing and trusting our God more so that we grow in bringing our thanks and requests to him. Many will find that growing in prayer is slow, but it is worth the work.
When we thank God for things he has done or for things we have, that is trusting God. When we are praying for God's help in a difficult situation, that is trusting God. When we recognise that we have sinned and we turn to Jesus for forgiveness, that is trusting God.
We may feel that our trust is fairly token...but the important thing is that we are growing to trust the one is powerful to act and wise to know what is best. We can expect growth in prayer to take time and work. So let's work together to move forward in this area. Let's be striving to grow in the way we thank God and pray for ourselves and for others.
As a church we are about Bringing, Building and Sending. As you pray for this church, please pray that we would build each other up to grow in the way we pray.
At Toongabbie Anglican, we have been thinking together about prayer. For the Christian person, prayer is one of those things that one can know is good, but a struggle nonetheless (perhaps a bit like exercise!).
The power of prayer is even recognised by those who are not Christians. I remember many years ago now, when a war developed between two nations, that someone said to me ‘I have started praying.’ I remember saying – I didn't think that you pray. And the person responded: ‘what else can I do?’
With even many who would not call themselves Christian recognising the place of prayer, we are encouraging all involved in our church to put in place something to do a little better in this important area.
It is such a privilege to pray. Indeed, Jesus has died on the cross and risen from the dead to enable all the opportunity to have access to God. No longer is it the case that we can no longer even know the name of God, as in Old Testament days. But, with the coming of Jesus, this has all changed so that we can have direct access to God and even call him ‘Father!’
Have you been worrying this week? Have you been distracted – perhaps even about things that you know don’t really matter.? Does life seem like it is crowding in all around you? Do you feel helpless?
The promise of the Bible is just astounding: 6 Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6–7).
Many would testify to this reality about the power of prayer. For all kinds of reasons, God may not answer our prayers in the way that we desire at the time. But this promise of God is even more profound – that our hearts and minds will be kept in Christ.
May we encourage all, whether you currently know Jesus as Lord and Saviour or not, to approach our great Father in heaven, and to do so even more regularly than you currently may be? For, making some progress in this area is one way in which we can bring glory to God.