Editorial – February 2020

by Denise Cryer – Reader

Some thoughts behind the prayers following our sermon on Psalm 29.

The Psalms remind us how awesome God is! It’s easy to take His presence and love for granted. The first verse reminds me how often I fail to spend time in awe of Him:

“Ascribe to the Lord, you heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendour of his holiness.”

A great place to begin! From acknowledging God’s awesomeness, we can begin to pray in perspective for our world, our communities and ourselves.

“Lord, speak your healing into the nations” – Sometimes we feel decisions made by world leaders are out of our control. But “the earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it”. So there’s no problem too big or too small for God. We’re also encouraged in verse 4 that “the voice of the Lord is powerful [and] majestic”. We pray the world might hear His voice – and respond.

“Lord, speak into our communities and into the lives of Your faithful people” – Each community within the Rivers Team is diverse with different ethnic and religious groups. As Christians here we long to be lights that brighten and enlighten those we encounter. It’s hard to believe God will use us to speak to those of other faiths and cultures, but He’s the God whose love knows no barriers. Let’s trust Him to open doors to speak of His love.

Let’s not forget the enemy! He’s working tirelessly to destroy God’s work in our communities and the bridges built over the years. Lord, speak into unbelief, that Your church might grow, Your light shine in all that doesn’t glorify You.

We believe in a God of the impossible. But in our walk with God and our prayer life do we have faith to pray “big”, in the sure and certain hope that nothing’s impossible for God?

The end of Psalm 29 encourages us: “The Lord is enthroned as King forever; The Lord gives strength to His people; The Lord blesses His people with peace.” David in Psalm 85:5 says, “I hear the most gentle whisper from One I never guessed would speak to me” (Message Bible).

Let’s take time to sit in God’s presence, stop talking for 5 minutes, and say, “Lord, speak, for your servant is listening.”