Pastoral Letter – Watching over one another in Love – Part 8

Pastoral Letter – Watching over one another in Love – Part 8

Dear Friends,

 “…Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God”

Philippians 4:6 (NIV)

I have often heard people say, “You are in my thoughts and prayers” which is as good as saying ‘I will pray for you’. This is so encouraging and assuring to anyone who needs prayer. I can ascertain that this promise is made with good intention but most of the time we delay the praying act for some days, weeks, or never do so.

Friends, why don’t we adopt the principle: “Now is the time to pray”. I believe now is all we really have. We are living in exceedingly difficult times as Paul says, “making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil” (Eph. 5:6). Upon receiving sad news about someone’s illness, bereavement, or any mishap- I would urge you to get into prayer to support them in their time of pain, need or struggle than promising a future prayer.  By engaging in immediate prayer for any troubling situation, we invite Jesus into the situation for guidance and protection which is a great place to start. 

In you, Father all-mighty, we have our preservation and our bliss.
In you, Christ, we have our restoring and our saving.
You are our mother, brother, and Saviour.
In you, our Lord the Holy Spirit, is marvellous and plenteous grace.
You are our clothing; for love you wrap us and embrace us.
You are our maker, our lover, our keeper.
Teach us to believe that by your grace all shall be well, and all shall be well,
and all manner of things shall be well. Amen

A prayer of Julian of Norwich

As they say, ‘procrastination is the thief of time’- please do not allow this thief to steal the opportunity of prayer from you. Now is the time to pray, for now is all we really have.

So, pray for me and I will pray for you.

Your Friend & Minister,

Revd. Adam Nyawo