Message from the vicar
Dear St Michael’s church family,
One of the many encouragements I’ve had in chatting to folk in the church is the number of times they’ve mentioned the needs of others, and how they’ve prayed for them, or been asked to pray for them.
Prayer is one of those things which is both completely natural for the Christian and pretty hard; both easy to say we’ll do and hard actually to keep doing (who else gets distracted so easily?!)
Paul encourages the church in Thessalonica to “rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thess 5v16-18). Jesus taught his disciples “always [to] pray and never give up” (Luke 18v1).
So as we persevere through whatever phase of lockdown we find ourselves in, not to mention as we look forward to the day when things are different, let’s persevere in prayer, both on our own and, to the extent we can, with others in our church.
We may not be on knees, but prayer is the ultimate act of surrender and dependence. We’re saying God is God, please rule in our lives and those of others. We’re saying we need help, that others do to, that there is wisdom and power that belongs to God and we need far more than we even realize. We’re asking that God leads and rules and directs according to his perfect and wise pleasure, not ours.
It’s fine to pray for whatever is on our heart, but we do well to seek to bring our prayers in line with God’s will as much as we can, because He will only answer according to what is right in his eyes. (See 1 John 5v14-15). That is what we really want, don’t we? We may want our prayers answered our way, but in the end, the only perfect way is God’s way. If you’re unsure of how to pray in line with God’s will, the Psalms are a great place to start, as we join in with praise and thanksgiving and so many other cries of the heart.
Do join in for Morning Prayer on Zoom too if you can, or the monthly praise and prayer next Saturday!
With love as ever, CARL
Rev'd Carl Chambers
Vicarage: 01322 634506
Mobile: 07368 223743 (including WhatsApp)