We pray a lot at St Matt's. We pray:
- on our own
- in groups
- as a whole church when we gather
- via a confidential email prayer-chain
- out loud
- for the things we need
- for community & world issues
- for help
- giving thanks & praise
This is why . . .
Luke 11:1-13 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples." (2) He said to them, "When you pray, say: "'Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. (3) Give us each day our daily bread. (4) Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.'" (5) Then Jesus said to them, "Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, 'Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; (6) a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have nothing to set before him.' (7) And suppose the one inside answers, 'Don't bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can't get up and give you anything.' (8) I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need. (9) "So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. (10) For everyone who asks receives; those who seek find; and to those who knock, the door will be opened. (11) "Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? (12) Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? (13) If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"
Can you see a pattern that Jesus set? (We call it the Lord's Prayer). And can you see that he wanted His disciples to know that our heavenly father, God, wants to give us things that are good for us? That's why we pray!
If you'd like us to pray for you about anything at all, please email us via the contact page and we will do so ASAP. Then be sure to let us know how God answers!