Tuesday 31st March

on prayer

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.  Let your gentleness be known to
everyone. The Lord is near.  Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and
supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of
God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ
Jesus.  (
Philippians 4. 4-7)

1/ What a friend we have in Jesus,
all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
everything to God in prayer!
O what piece we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
all because we do not carry
everything to God in prayer!

2/ Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged,
take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful
who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness,
take it to the Lord in prayer.

3/ Are we weak and heavy-laden,
cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Saviour, still our refuge –
take it to the Lord in prayer;
do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer;
in his arms he’ll take and shield thee,
thou wilt find a solace there.

Joseph Scriven (1819-86)

“Lord, teach us to pray…” (Luke 11.1)

C.S. Lewis “Mere Christianity”.
An ordinary simple Christian kneels down to say his prayers. He is trying to get in touch with
God. But if he is a Christian he knows that what is prompting him to pray is also God: God, so
to speak, inside him. But he also knows that all his real knowledge of God comes through
Christ, the Man who was God – that Christ is standing beside him, helping him to pray,
praying for him. You see what is happening. God is the thing to which he is praying – the goal
he is trying to reach. God is also the thing inside him pushing him on – the motive power.
God is also the road or bridge along which he is being pushed to that goal. So that the whole
threefold life of the three-personal Being is actually going on in that ordinary little bedroom
where an ordinary man is saying his prayers. The man is being caught up in the higher kind
of life – what I called Zoe or spiritual: he is being pulled into God, by God, while remaining

John O’Donohue, To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings
“This is the time to be slow,
lie low to the wall
until the bitter weather passes.
Try, as best you can, not to let
the wire brush of doubt
scrape from your heart
all sense of yourself
and your hesitant light.
If you remain generous,
time will come good;
and you will find your feet
again on fresh pastures of promise,
where the air will be kind
and blushed with beginning.”

Prayer of St Anselm (1033-1109)
O Lord my God,
teach my heart where and how to seek you,
where and how to find you.
Lord, if you are not here but absent, where shall I seek you?
But you are everywhere, so you must be here, why then do I not seek you?...
Lord, I am not trying to make my way to your height,
for my understanding is in no way equal to that,
but I do desire to understand a little of your truth
which my heart already believes and loves.
I do not seek to understand so I may believe,
but I believe so that I may understand;
and what is more,
I believe that unless I do believe I shall not understand.

Prayer of St Augustine (354-430)
Look upon us, O Lord,
and let the darkness of our souls vanish
before the beams of thy brightness.
Fill us with holy love,
and open to us the treasures of thy wisdom.
All our desire is known unto thee,
therefore perfect what thou hast begun,
and what thy Spirit has awakened us to ask in prayer.
We seek thy face,
turn thy face unto us and show us thy glory.
Then shall our longings be satisfied,
and our peace shall be perfect peace.

 Light at candle at 7pm this evening and put it in your window.
 Listening to this lovely piece of music written following a father’s death

Anthem for Mary & David - Anne Atkins

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