Dear Church Family
Prayer opens doors. That's what Jesus says in Luke 11:9 when he teaches on prayer and says 'knock and the door will be opened to you.' That was the message I shared last night as I taught the people of St Andrew's Huntington on prayer, at the invitation of our good friend and Vicar of that parish, Ian Birkinshaw.
We've seen examples of prayer opening doors just this week through the ministry of our church, as we've been praying for people to respond to the good news of Jesus. On Monday we opened the doors of St Michael le Belfrey Church and many people came in; one man in particular was intrigued by Jesus and after talking with two people, committed his life to Christ. That evening a student, who herself had very recently decided to follow Jesus, brought friends to the student prophecy workshop, and one of them decided they too wanted to follow Christ. The next day at Hot Dog and a Prayer another person, having received prayer, also made a commitment to Christ. These are just three examples of the Lord so graciously answering the kind of prayer that is highlighted in Colossians 4:2, where Paul says, 'pray ... that God may open a door for our message.' Let's keep praying for that, especially as we have three Alpha courses taking place at present, and a Mission Week approaching in the second week of March.
Prayer also opens doors to all sorts of other things - like bodies being touched by the Lord's healing power and hearts filled with the Holy Spirit. It was lovely to have Bishop Graham Cray back with us last Sunday evening. I know that many - not only those being baptised and confirmed - were impacted by the Holy Spirit. Again, let's keep praying for hearts to be open to the work of the Holy Spirit, as he comforts, heals, equips and transforms. Please particularly pray that for this week ahead, as this weekend we have our 18-30s weekend away, and then next week we have our youth Encounter residential. Please pray that many doors would be opened in the hearts of these young people, as the Lord pours out his Spirit again and again.
In this season our main Sunday theme at The Belfrey is prayer. Prayer in general, and fasting in particular. We'll pick this up again in our teaching this Sunday, and be encouraged to pray and fast for all sorts of things, including the Impact project as we shortlist this coming week for our design architect. We're being urged to explore prayer, and to go on a great adventure in prayer! During Lent we'll cover a short prayer course in our Belfrey Groups as we look at different aspects of prayer. So come with us, and let's journey together. Let us pray!
Thank you for your prayers. God loves to hear them. He loves you to pray them, more than most of us realise. They really do open doors.