Our Prayers

Our regular prayer meeting is on a Wednesday, 10:30am in the Dorcas centre.

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From Mark H

Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil… I found this quote encouraging when reading CS Lewis’s book,…

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Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil…

I found this quote encouraging when reading CS Lewis’s book, “Mere Christianity” this week: He was talking about how he really started to understand how bad he was when he tried to be good.

“ONLY THOSE WHO TRY TO RESIST TEMPTATION KNOW HOW STRONG IT IS… YOU FIND OUT THE STRENGTH OF A WIND BY TRYING TO WALK AGAINST IT, NOT BY LYING DOWN. A MAN WHO GIVES IN TO TEMPTATION AFTER FIVE MINUTES SIMPLY DOES NOT KNOW WHAT IT WOULD HAVE BEEN LIKE AN HOUR LATER. THAT IS WHY BAD PEOPLE, IN ONE SENSE, KNOW VERY LITTLE ABOUT BADNESS. THEY HAVE LIVED A SHELTERED LIFE BY ALWAYS GIVING IN. WE NEVER FIND OUT THE STRENGTH OF THE EVIL IMPULSE INSIDE US UNTIL WE TRY TO FIGHT IT: AND CHRIST, BECAUSE HE WAS THE ONLY MAN WHO NEVER YIELDED TO TEMPTATION, IS ALSO THE ONLY MAN WHO KNOWS TO THE FULL WHAT TEMPTATION MEANS -THE ONLY COMPLETE REALIST”.

Praise God for His grace in our lives!

Mark H

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From James

I’d encourage people to read Haggai 1&2 in relevance to Alpha. The people of Judah get a word through Haggai,…

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I’d encourage people to read Haggai 1&2 in relevance to Alpha.

The people of Judah get a word through Haggai, that they are living comfortably in their houses but the Lord’s house is in ruin.  They are planting planting crops but not reaping a harvest, they are eating food but not satisfied- because they were neglecting God’s house and not obeying his will.  So God asked his people to build his House…

Then Haggai, the  Lord ’s messenger, gave this message of the  Lord  to the people: “I am with you,” declares the  Lord .  So the  Lord  stirred up the spirit of the whole remnant of the people. They came and began to work on the house of the  Lord  Almighty, their God, (Haggai 1:13-14 NIV).

‘Be strong, Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land, and work. For I am with you,’ declares the  Lord  Almighty.

‘‘This is what I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt. And my Spirit remains among you. Do not fear.’

I will shake all nations, and what is desired by all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the  Lord  Almighty.  ‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the  Lord  Almighty.

‘The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the  Lord  Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the  Lord  Almighty.”

(Haggai 2: 5, 7-9 NIV)

I believe that these are promises we can claim for Alpha and our daily Christian lives.  God is with us- be strong and work.  His Spirit is with us and remains with us.

As we fast let us claim, believe it and declare it out loud as truth.

Love James

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From Patrick

Romans 12 Verses 9 to 21.  Love must be sincere.  Hate what is evil, cling to what is good.  Be…

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Romans 12 Verses 9 to 21.  Love must be sincere.  Hate what is evil, cling to what is good.  Be devoted to one another in brotherly love.  Honour one another above yourselves.  Never be lacking in zeal,but keep your spiritual fervour, serving the Lord.  Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.  Share with God’s people who are in need.  Practise hospitality.  Bless those who persecute you, bless and do not curse.  Rejoice with those who rejoice, mourn with those who mourn.  Live in harmony with one another.  Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.  Do not be conceited.  Do not repay anyone evil for evil.  Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.  If it is possible,as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.  Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written:”It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.

On the contrary: if your enemy is hungry, feed him, if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil by good.

I was having a dark feeling of isolation and loneliness when I found these verses in the word of God and knew the message was to practice this to the best of my ability and in doing so there was no need to be isolated.  In a reading and meditation book I also found a prayer that I will be saying a lot now when ever I feel lonely.

Father, help me to be open to the fact that sometimes my feelings of loneliness might be self-induced.  If this is so, give me the courage to change.  Illumine my life with Your friendship, and then help me to pass it on to others. Amen.

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From Mark A

Those who encountered Jesus encountered His power. Ours is a gospel of power. (Romans 1:16, 1 Thess 1:5) Jesus has…

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Those who encountered Jesus encountered His power.

Ours is a gospel of power. (Romans 1:16, 1 Thess 1:5)

Jesus has power to forgive sin. (Matthew 9:6)

We preach with the power. (Romans 15:19)

We live by the power. ( 2 Tim 3:5 )

Praying that the upcoming Alpha course will be noted by the power of
GOD.

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From Claire

Following on a little from the thread I spoke on in church on Sunday about looking to the past in…

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Following on a little from the thread I spoke on in church on Sunday about looking to the past in remembrance and learning from what they did or didn’t do according to God’s will and therefore thinking about our own lives and considering if there is anything we need to consider changing (repenting of) . Then also the talk about healing last night at Equipped and about dealing with unanswered prayers – I have been particularly encouraged by Hebrews 11.

From the remembrance side it looks at those who lived by faith in the past – such as Abel, Enoch, Jacob, Joseph, Moses etc.  However the verse that really stuck out was verse 13……

“All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised;they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance,admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth.”

Wow – so these massive figures in the bible died believing the promises of God for their lives and descendants without having seen them.  They were faithful to this belief and did not doubt God. Humble to the last. This also links with the powerful revelation that Mark A gave at Stronger some weeks earlier about Jesus being the first to die trusting the prophecies/promises for the resurrection of his life. Died before seeing the fruit if you see what I mean.

It gives great encouragement to me for the times when prayers are seemingly not answered and I will endeavour to trust that God has all things in his hands, even if I was to die tomorrow.

Thank you Jesus for “confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see”. Hebrews 11:1

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From James

I was reading Ephesians: For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your…

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I was reading Ephesians:

For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints,  and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fulness of him who fills everything in every way. (Ephesians 1:15-23 NIVUK)

And I began to pray this for the church…that our lives would be impacted by the knowledge of God’s power in us. The power of his Son, the power of his Holy Spirit, the power of his Gospel, the power of his love and they all work together as one unit.

I then started thinking about Gideon and his story of power and grace.

I noticed there was two types of grace upon Gideon, first of all to defeat the enemy, but secondly his own raising up by God and confidence in his Lord. Then to really prove the power of his grace God took the army’s number down to 300. God’s grace was sufficient for them to defeat the enemy and Gideon began to understand who he was in God.

God has proved his grace even more now.

James Preston

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