Refusing the status quo, fasting, weeping, surrender, having a secret history, being filled with the Spirit, being misunderstood but with a soft answer, receiving the promise of faith, co-operating in the natural realm and finally the most unutterable joy of being remembered by the Lord.
We must also always remember the relationship between prayer and action. Each without the other becomes a dead work. God is a God who works in the natural realm. So those interceding passionately for an end to their unemployment must make a rendezvous at the job centre. Those longing to get married must look outward and be open to the friendships God may open up and be ready to be beautified
In the car: pray before you start the iourney to ask for God’s help and protection. Rather than eye-spy say thank you prayers. When you see an emergency vehicle pray for the responders and any people in need of help and rescue.
Bedtime Bible reading: vary which Bible you read, even Bible online. Work through the Bible. Let children choose a story or tell it in their own words. Link Bible stories and ask what other stories one might remind us of.
Short Prayers: “thank you” “sorry” “please”
Listening to God: ask him to speak in words and pictures. Prayer for dreams. Get the children to think of a friend at school to focus prayer upon. Pray for children to be a light and witness at school/preschool.
Through the day: when there are behavioural problems, ask God’s Spirit to fill us and help us behave likeJesus. When you learn of someone who is sick, pray for healing. When on a walk or holiday somewhere new and beautiful take turns to give thanks for God’s creation. Maybe when walking or driving through more deprived areas ask God for eyes to see and pray. Reflect on Bible stories in everyday life/encourage Bible recall in different situations, for
example talk aboutJesus and the fishermen when at the beach, or the feeding of the 5000 when you have ﬁsh and chips!
Meal times: give thanks for the food. Talk about day and where you have seen God at work. .
Alasdair Maclnytre argues in the strikingly titled ‘After Virtue’ that this current cultural moment in which we ﬁnd ourselves is like the toll of the Roman Empire in the West. The West has abandoned reason and the tradition at the virtues in giving itselic over to the relativism that is now llooding our world today. We are not governed by faith or reason…
We are governed by ”emotivism” — moral Choices are nothing more than expressions of what the choosing individual feels is right.
We may have perfectly designed scandi coffe shops and public spaces, but the private space of people’s hearts may be crumbling with mental helath issues, breakdown or lack of relationships and geographical disconnection. there is a longing for intimacy – but a fear of real intimacy – ghosting on dating apps and phobias concerning commitment. All of this is spiritual and to do with the alienation of humankind from God. All can be healed if we understand prayer!