We may follow a pattern of regular prayers at a time of our choosing, in conjunction with passages from the Bible. However, the Bible shows us that we can pray to God at any time, in any place, and for any reason.

 

Prayer is human communication with God. If we look through any section of Psalms in our Bible it is apparent that we are reading a collection of song-prayers. Many were written by David and it is clear that he prayed to God at all times, whatever situation he was in. He prayed thanks when all was going well and for help and guidance when he was in trouble. It encourages us to speak to our Lord regularly and often.

Read more: The Midweek Message - TALKING TO OUR FATHER

We all need a little help along the way at some point in our lives, and a request for a little guidance in the way we deal with a situation is always considered by our Lord. Perhaps there is someone who needs the Lord’s help with combating illness, or family who need comforting. We know that whatever the request He will listen and handle all things as He sees best.

Read more: The Midweek Message - ASSISTANCE

I'm still thinking about saying thanks to the Lord, but also moving on to asking for forgiveness for all the things I do wrong – even though I try not to.

 

I’m sure we all find ourselves having to ask His forgiveness fairly regularly, but hopefully you do a bit better than me. With the best will in the world I can’t stop wrong thoughts coming to mind as I go through each day. Unkind thoughts about someone who does or says something I judge to be wrong – especially when I’m driving!

Read more: The Midweek Message - Forgiveness

Here we are again, at the end of one year and the beginning of another.  How has the past year been for you?  Perhaps you are glad to see the back of it because of unhappy memories of events that occurred in the last twelve months? Certainly many people seem to make a big thing of the change in the calendar from 31st December to 1st January. 

 

But what has the Bible to say on such things?  The book of Lamentations is not generally seen as encouraging, but look a little deeper and you find the following:

 

Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this:

The faithful love of the LORD never ends!

His mercies never cease.

Great is his faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning.

Lamentations 3 vv. 21-23

 

It doesn’t really matter what date the calendar shows because God’s love never changes.  Every morning is the same to him – one where he shows faithful mercy and love to those who trust in Him.

 

So I’m going to try to remember first thing every morning in 2015; that God’s mercies are freely given and His faithful love never ends.

 

Perhaps you might like to make a point of reminding yourself of this every morning too.

 

John Wedlake

(CIC)

What will you gain, if you own the whole world but destroy yourself? What could you give to get back your soul? Mark 8:36-37 [CEV]

 

Christmas is almost upon us and perhaps you are finding that the wonder and joy that you used to feel as a child is absent this year? Busyness can make the business of life more complicated and sometimes we are in so much of a hurry that we don’t have time to make time to focus on the “reason for the season” of Christmas. Perhaps it is time to analyse what we are doing and why we are doing it – are we frittering away our time on things that will save souls? Or are we just finding that our time is filled with man-made time-wasting stuff? At Christmas, it can be difficult to focus on people when we are buried deeply under the trappings of the holiday.

 

Perhaps it would be good to take stock over Christmas about which parts of the busyness of our lives is benefiting souls, and what is based on “gaining the world”. In other words, are we building up treasures that will last for ever?

 

Lord, help us to focus on you at Christmas, as we celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Amen.

Dave MacLellan
m2o Church Rugby - St. Matthew & St. Oswald

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