Listening to God – Ten Days of Prayer…

Listening to God during the Ten Days of Prayer 2013

Thank you so much to everyone who took part in the Ten Days of Prayer this year. It has been exciting to see so many people engaging in serious and sincere prayer around the Rivers Team in a variety of different ways.

  • ‘Something to talk about’ at the Sidings pub asked the question ‘Why pray?’ concluding that if Jesus needed to pray then so do we! There was also discussion about how we pray for ourselves and for others.
  • The youngsters of 7 Up wanted to know: ‘How long should we pray?’ They were keen to pray for their families, their friends and their schools.
  • Praying at the Waverley

Prayer postcards were a new resource for the diocese this year. We had prayer collecting boxes at various strategic points across the community and we delivered over 3000 cards door to door. People shared prayer requests for their sick family members and friends as well as raising local, national and international concerns. There were many prayers for justice and peace.

The Ten Days culminated in a walk right through the whole team. With much new building, including the Waverley Development, our parish boundary is expanding. This was a significant act of ‘claiming the land’ and praying for fruitfulness and blessing on our communities. We were reminded that like Esther, we have been called ‘for such a time as this’.

As we approached our Pentecost services, we were reminded again of Ezekiel’s valley of dry bones. This is a powerful picture in which the Word of the Lord is heard and the Spirit of God breaths life into a mighty army.

Our continuing prayer must be: Come, Holy Spirit, come!