“And I will
do whatever you ask in My name,
so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.
You may ask Me for anything in My name, and I will do it."
We continue to be challenged and encouraged by the promises of God in the
Bible where we have been exhorted to pray! As prayer is one of
the three key areas we are engaged in as part of the Vision that
the Lord has for us here at St. Mary’s, we are continuing to
seek to learn what this means in
We pray because we understand prayer
to be a form of service to God which He commands of us, and
which we delight in obeying. As God also intends prayer to be
the means of obtaining His solutions to many of the
circumstances and situations we find in the challenges of
everyday life, because it gives us the strength to face and
overcome temptation, to strengthen other people spiritually and
as a means of God’s will being ‘done on earth as it is in
Heaven’, so we are continuing to seek to become a more prayerful community
in many ways.
Further to a Prayer
Workshop and a Prayer Ministry Training Day we
followed this up with the formation of a
Prayer Ministry Team. To encourage all members of the church, we offered a
Sermon Series studying what God's word has to say about
prayer, engaging with key issues such as:
Human frailties and Jesus' teaching about the three
imperatives to Ask, Seek, Knock
God's call for
persistence and sincerity in our prayers
How can we pray 'mountain moving' prayers
How to pray when God seems absent
Modelling ourselves on Jesus as the perfect example of what
a prayerful life
could be like
All in all, this was a thought
provoking series for us as we came to realize more and more, not
the challenges but also the immense privileges, of being able
to pray to our loving Heavenly Father.
The Team benefitted from a further
Training Day on Saturday 16th April 2016 and it was also
available as an opportunity to
recruit more members to the team.
The St. Mary's Prayer Ministry
Team offers prayer for members of the 10.30am congregation, and
for visitors and guests, every Sunday of
the month. Also Prayer Ministry is available during the second Sunday
of the month at the 9am service.
Since inception, the Team has asked
God to help with numerous aspects of personal requests, which
people have explained to them, either concerning themselves or
on behalf of others. A team member writes, "The team are in awe
of how they are being used by God. We remind ourselves that we
are just channels through which the Holy Spirit can work, and it
is a huge privilege to be part of something that touches people
and builds community."
15 people, some
existing team members and others interested in Prayer Ministry,
attended a very informative and helpful Training Day on Saturday 15th October 2016
from 10am to 3pm. Led by two experienced Prayer Team
practitioners from Woking, the day included Biblical teaching,
practical guidance, modelling examples and the opportunity to
practise listening to God and to the person being prayed for at
the same time. Our grateful thanks to leaders Colin and Judy.
The Prayer Chain plays an important part
of our prayer life outside the Sunday services. As intercessory
prayer is simply prayer for other people we intercede when we
take the place of someone else by pleading to God on their
In his letter to the church at
Ephesus, Paul says that Christians should be "....praying at all
times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication ...." The
word supplication has the meaning of bending, in humbleness and
humility, and kneeling before the majesty of the Creator God in
prayer for another person is a tremendous privilege.
The scope of intercessory prayer is
awesome because it opens up the possibility that those we pray
for may experience the power of God's love, and feel the peace,
healing and comfort of God's presence with them in their time of
Here at St. Mary's we seek to connect
any of our members who are already leading a life of prayer, and
who wish to intercede for others, with other people in our
fellowship who would value prayer. We want all members of this
fellowship to join in prayers to seek God's best, not just for
ourselves, our family and our church, but also for those with a
particular need at a particular time. We believe that when
everyone is praying simultaneously for the same request, there
really exists a tremendous power in our shared prayers.
To be a member of our Prayer
Chain simply means that you will receive a request to pray for
someone in need, for whom you immediately intercede in prayer.
The prayer request will normally come to you by email via the
Church Office. If you are a member of St. Mary's and would like
to be included on the Prayer Chain list, then please contact the
At St. Mary's we continue
to host our Parish Prayer Meetings throughout the year.
During our interregnum these will be held every Thursday from 7.30pm to 8.30pm in the
Church Centre. The evenings are led by a variety of people using
different styles, models and patterns of prayer, so that each
evening is unique, stimulating and engaging.