Prayer: take time to look and see!

Prayer, a time to ask and a time to listen: This was the heading for last month’s newsletter article. Just to refresh your minds the article highlighted several New Testament passages in which Christians are encouraged, compelled to pray. Finally it reminded us that we pray to a God who listens to our prayers and encouraged us to listen for God’s answer.

As we continue to focus on prayer as a congregation it is vital that we understand that we need to be aware of what is happening in the world around us locally and globally. What we see in many cases will break our heart. When we see the injustice, the brokenness, the homeless, the victim, the tragedy and on and on our heart should break and our tears should flow. We live in a broken world as we look forward to a world that will be new and never break again. As we pray your kingdom come, your will be done our view of the world will shape our prayer. In all the places we see brokenness we can pray for God’s presence and power to reign. But if we choose to close our eyes and turn our backs what will we pray for?

As we look around there is much to celebrate too. The world is not all darkness and sorrow. Even in the middle of disaster there is often what the press identify as ‘miraculous outcomes’. The beauty of the world with its natural diversity, good friends, the peace we experience here in Australia and so much more. None of which we can celebrate unless we take the time to look and see.

Finally, the lyrics from two very different songs sum it up well I think,

Heal my heart and make it clean .Open up my eyes to the things unseen. Show me how to love like You have loved me. Break my heart for what breaks Yours. Everything I am for Your Kingdom’s cause. As I walk from earth into eternity.

 “Great is Thy faithfulness!” “Great is Thy faithfulness!”   Morning by morning new mercies I see; all I have needed Thy hand hath provided—       “Great is Thy faithfulness,” Lord, unto me

My hope, my prayer for us is that we become people who see the world for what it is. Whose hearts are broken after the fashion of our Heavenly Father’s, and that we see the new mercies morning by morning and give thanks.

Let us pray with our eyes open.

Pastor Stewart.