Thought of the Month
Prayer, without ceasing, pray (Singing the Faith 528)
Praying isn't easy, but it's a natural part of life. And for Christian people, it's essential. But can our prayer be like using a vending machine?
I will be forever grateful to my late mother for teaching me to say my prayers: "God bless mummy, daddy.... and all kind friends.". In this way I learned that God is someone to ask for help and blessing. However, I have sometimes found myself using prayer like a kind of vending machine: money in, sweets out.
Jesus, of course, is our example. He spent much time in prayer with his Father God, and one day, Jesus' disciples asked him "Lord, teach us to pray" (Luke chapter 11), so he taught them what we now call The Lord's Prayer. The Lord's Prayer is not a "vending machine" prayer, since it's about asking for God's will to be done, for all he wants to happen, on Earth as in heaven. How can God's will be done on Earth? Surely it's mostly done through people being obedient to God, following his commands. What kind of vending machine tells you what to do (apart from telling you to Insert more cash)?
Jesus listened to God and followed God's path for his life, and as a result we now have the privilege to address Almighty God as "our Father". So now we can ask God to forgive our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. And we can pray for God's will to be done... in our lives, in us, through us.
So although it isn't easy, praying is a natural and essential part of Christian life. And although God's not a vending machine, prayer is rewarded. I am praying that God will continue to help each of us to pray. Amen.
We are situated by the crossroads right at the heart of Stotfold. We extend a warm welcome to everyone, whether local residents or those 'just passing through'.
The present building was built in 1869 and still serves the local community.
Our Sunday morning services usually take place at 10am, although a couple in the month start at 9.30am. Check on the 'Sunday Worship' page to make sure.
One of our monthly services is based around the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
See the 'Sunday Worship' page for details of our Services.
This Month's Quote
Jesus said: the kingdom of God is like a mustard seed which is the smallest of seeds, but which, once it is sown, grows into the biggest plant of all.