United in Prayer

In our Faith & Policy group, we have been considering the need for regular personal prayer and Bible study. Hopefully most of us read one of the many devotional booklets so readily available to us in the UK. Some of our more digitally inclined members will receive these daily messages by computer, mobile phone, radio or TV.

Sadly, as noted in Every Day with Jesus (EDWJ) on 12.1.15, "many people in today's Christian community do not read their Bible daily, or even regularly. One survey showed that 75% of those researched (all committed Christians) read a newspaper every day, but only 25% read their Bible daily. Are we in danger of producing a generation of Christians who are more interested in what newspaper editors say than in what God says?"

Prayer deepens our relationship with God, and helps us to align our lives with His will. As EDWJ again reminded us on 17.1.15, "Jesus regarded the will of God as food - something nourishing, sustaining, fortifying".

The author of EDWJ, Selwyn Hughes, further counsels us to decide that the will of God should always come first in our lives, so that we need to listen and understand what is His will for us. It takes "time, persistence and determination" to distinguish what God is saying to us, from the "other muffled whisperings of the subconscious". - EDWJ 19.1.15

As Elijah discovered on the mountain, God was not in the wind, or the earthquake, or the fire, but the "still, small voice". - 1 Kings 19 v 12, so may we be ready to listen and respond to that voice.

It is the most enormous privilege to:

* Believe and live in that "loving relationship" with Jesus Christ our redemptive Saviour,

* Learn the long story of God's plan for our reconciliation with Him, and

* Be prepared to share it with an increasingly needy word.

As Isaiah writes in chapter 43:

vlO. "You are My witnesses", says the Lord, "and my servant who I have chosen, that you may know and believe Me and understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, nor shall there be after Me.

vii. I, even I, am the Lord, and beside Me there is no saviour.

v12. I have declared and saved.......

Wendy Faux, F&P Coordinator, Guildford Diocese