Minister’s Letter July 2014
“Let this be your chief objective in prayer, to realise thepresence of your heavenly father”. – Reverend Andrew Murray
The Lord be with you:
I hope this letter finds you in good spirits.
In his book ‘Prayer’, Phillip Yancey tells a story about the theologian Hans Kung, who wrote ‘On Being A Christian’. Strangely, the 702 page volume does not include a chapter, or even an index entry, on the subject of prayer. Kung later said that he regretted the oversight; he was so stressed about meeting his publisher's deadline that he simply forgot about it.
It's hard to imagine such an omission being made, but I can imagine something even worse: the omission of prayer in our daily lives. Have you ever "simply forgot about it"? When we are stressed and overworked it's sometimes too easy to overlook the most important aspect — and certainly the greatest privilege — in the life of a follower of Christ.
When it comes to prayer, there are two important directives from Scripture to remember: Pray about everything (Philippians 4:6) and Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
Don't let busy-ness keep you from praying. It’s been said that when life's pace increases, we should increase our prayers. Regardless of the outcome, we have one guarantee: "If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand." (Philippians 4:7 NLT).
Until the next time – The Lord, bless you and keep you.
Your minister …
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