- Who we are
- What we do
Often in life there are many things which we want to become or do, but cannot because we are held back by something else. The same is true for Christians.
This might particularly be felt by those who have been Christian for a while. Early on, you are in awe of everything that God has done for you in Christ, and all that he has planned. This gives you energy and drive. But as time goes on, you recognise that there is a dragging weight of the consequences of sin, and past and current failures.
So, in the Lord’s prayer having been given a vision for God’s good reality:
‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.’
Our daily needs:
‘Give us today our daily bread.’
We pray for freedom from that which holds us back from honouring God’s name, desiring his kingdom and doing his will:
‘forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.’
True freedom is to be released from sin and temptation, so we can live for God who is completely good.
Do you pray to be free?
– Sam Pursell
The first chapters of Acts are remarkable in many ways.
The risen Lord Jesus reaffirms to the apostles his teaching on the kingdom of God (1:3). He promises the Holy Spirit, who will empower them for the work of testifying about Christ from Jerusalem to the ends of the earth. Then he ascends to heaven (1:4-8).
Having been given this kingdom-expanding task, the apostles and other disciples get to work by praying.
They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers. (Acts 1:14)
Even after Pentecost, where the Spirit was poured out and 3000 people followed Jesus, the believers continue to devote themselves to prayer:
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. (Acts 2:42)
The two descriptors of their prayer life stand out to me – constant and devoted.
Prayer was their powerhouse. Relentless was their calling out to God in prayer, that he would expand his through them.
At Oak Flats Anglican, we want to see the kingdom grow and we do pray for it.
But let’s be constant and devoted in our prayer life for the expansion of the kingdom. God-willing, we may see many come to Christ under his hand and through our proclamation of Christ.
– Sam Pursell