Thessalonians 5 tells us to “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
Part of God’s will for our lives is that we bring all of who we are – our joys, our concerns and our thanksgivings – to God, in the name of Christ Jesus our Savior. And part of our calling as a church is to be a people of prayer. We bring our concerns to God in prayer every Sunday, and we offer powerful healing prayer after the service on Sunday, for those who want to be covered in prayer by members of our healing prayer team.
Praying is also something that keeps us connected throughout the week. Every Sunday we hand out the prayer list – you can also find it online – so everyone can hold each other up in prayer. Our Intercessory Prayer Group also prays through the parish directory…something everyone is encouraged to do in their own prayer lives. We also ask for people to pray for our AGC services and our 10:15 service, so we can continue to serve God in the church and in the world through the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit.
In your own personal spiritual life, praying without ceasing can mean talking to God throughout your day, telling God everything you are thinking and feeling, and all that you are happy about or worried about. (God knows any way, so you might as well tell everything!) Or it can mean repeating a “mantra” kind of prayer like “Jesus have mercy on me” or “God be with me today” or any kind of small simple sentence the Spirit gives you to keep drawing your mind back into the presence of God. Praying without ceasing could also mean praying the Daily Office: a series of morning, noon, evening and night prayers you can find in the Book of Common Prayer. A version of the noonday prayer is attached to this website.
However God is leading you to deepen your prayer life, it is a chance not simply for inner healing but also a way to dig into that wellspring of the Spirit… to help lead you into Godly decisions in your life, to send you out to serve, to give you strength to witness to the love of Jesus with others, and to bless all the ways you try to follow God’s call for you in your daily life in Jesus.
So, as we say in our All God’s Children Service: Bring all of who you are to worship…every day!