I am always amazed at the optimism that greets each and every New Year. Facebook and Twitter is dominated by pledges to be different, to do less of the bad stuff and more of the good stuff. Retailers shift their focus from filling people up to slimming them down. ‘New Year, New You’ is an often spoken slogan. I love this optimism and only wish I wasn’t one of those people who are knowingly pledging to be healthier and will fall by the end of January. My pledges aren’t just to physical health, but also spiritual health. I know I need to pray more! What are your pledges as you begin this New Year?
The next 8 months are so important for us as a church as we build on the foundations we have built and look to the future with faithful assurance of God’s continuing work amongst us. It is so important that we remain united during this period. United in Prayer. United in Purpose. United in Potential.
For as long as I can remember we have had a Sunday evening prayer meeting, an opportunity to gather and specifically pray for the life and work of the church. I really want to see this meeting flourish because I am convinced that prayer works and will be the one thing that will see us through the months ahead and enable us to continue being faithful. Our verse for this year is so rich and so are the verses that follow it that speak of the privilege, richness and reality of prayer ‘Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart’ (Jer 29:12-13).
Would you join me in seeing these verses become a reality in the life of our church and see us thrive as we walk faithfully in the plans and purpose God has for us?