Prayer

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Jesus said, “I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name and I will do it.” John 14:13-14.

Many people desperately need the help that can be extended to them through prayer. We consider it an honour and privilege to pray for others.

If we follow Jesus’ command to love people, it must follow that we will desire for them far more than it is within our power to give them. The ministry of prayer is a wonderful way of loving others.

Two questions:

  • Why should we ask God for things when he already knows our needs? The best answer seems to be that God likes to be asked. The very asking enhances and deepens our relationship with God. Someone has said, “Love loves to be told what it knows already … It wants to be asked for what it longs to give.”
  • Why should we bother God with the petty details of our lives? We are convinced that God is interested in the smallest matters of our lives.

We believe that prayer is a vitally important thing in life. After all, how else do we come to an intimate relationship with God?

A New Year’s Prayer
by Rev Cleland B. McAfee (19th C Presbyterian)

May God make your year a happy one.
Not by shielding you from all sorrow and pain,
but by strengthening you to bear it when it comes.
Not by making your path easy,
but by making you sturdy enough to tread any path.
Not by taking hardships from you,
but by taking all cowardice and fear from your heart.
Not by granting you unbroken sunshine,
but by keeping your face bright even in the shadows.
Not by making your life always pleasant,
but by showing you where man and His cause need you most
and by making you zealous and concerned to be there and help.
Not by keeping you from battle,
but by bringing you off every field more than conquerors
through Him who loves us.

Click here to download “A New Year’s Prayer”

A Covenant Prayer from Uniting In Worship

O Lord,
I am no longer my own but yours.
Put me to what you will,
Rank me with whom you will;
Put me to doing, put me to suffering;
Let me be employed for you
or laid aside for you;
Exalted for you or brought low for you;
Let me be full, let me be empty;
Let me have all things, let me have nothing;
I freely and wholeheartedly yield all things
to your pleasure and disposal.
And now, glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
You are mine and I am yours,
To the glory and praise of your name.
Amen.

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