"Prayer meetings are the throbbing machinery of the church.” - C.H. Spurgeon.

As I reflect back on our prayer life as a church over the past year, let me offer you two words that have encouraged me.

I am encouraged by our consistency. It’s been a source of great joy to see the Zoom prayer gathering, the meeting that we started back in March 2020, continue throughout 2021. Even though we have gradually scaled back the frequency, I think this steady diet of gathering at the outset of each week to pray has benefited us as a church family enormously.

I am also encouraged by our fervency. I keenly felt this as we returned to our monthly physical gatherings back in September. There is something about physically gathering together to pray that sharpens the mind and awakens the soul. I’ve been hugely blessed listening to the earnest prayers of others as together we’ve given thanks to our God and laid before him the needs and concerns of our world, city and church at a time of great uncertainty.

As I look forward to the year ahead, let me give you two aspirations that excite me;

Firstly, I long that our prayer life would continue to be a blessing for those inside. I’m heartened by the love and care for fellow church members that has been evident in the prayer that has been offered for them as they travel through difficult times. May that continue to be the case.

Secondly, I long that our prayer life would be a blessing for those outside. I want us to be a church family that gives away prayer. Therefore, I’m looking forward to praying strategically this coming year for other churches in our city, our mission partners both locally and globally and for our nation.

Let’s continue to be a church with a big heart for seeking our great God in prayer this year.

Graeme Shanks

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