‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world
gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.’
At least 42 of us united in prayer at the weekend around this beautiful promise from
Jesus found in John 14:27. Ann, Graham, Sonia, and Angela have kindly blessed us
with their reflections.
Thank you for the meditation on The Peace that Jesus gives at the Friday
It was good praying God’s peace for all the folk and issues and situations in
my hour on Saturday. And leave them in God’s hands.
In my reading this Monday morning there was Romans 8 v 6 …The mind of
sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace…
Thank you Lord!
I found Friday a time to intercede and break away from my preoccupations.
This was in the time together and then afterwards. After the time all together I
continued in a simple way to follow on the word “peace” in the Bible. It occurs
in so many different contexts like Ps119 v 165 Great peace have those who
love your law. Or again in Romans 8 v 6 The mind governed by the Spirit is life
and peace. Many many more. I then prayed for people locally.
Inspiring examples from both Ann and Graham, of breathing in the peace of God and
exhaling peace into the lives of others through prayer. What a blessing to read some
of the Bible verses the Spirit led them to, revealing to us all a deeper understanding
of the peace of God.
A wonderful time of prayer and reflection. So much appreciated and loved. I
would love to spend time every week in an hour of prayer, to slow down to sit
quietly, no TV, no phone, just focusing on prayer, and there is so much
happening in the world that needs prayer and I would be very grateful for this
opportunity, if I could do it, and there is no reason why I can't. xx
The invitation to One Church One Day this month began with a quote from Minister
Andrew Murray (1828-1917) ‘Where there is much prayer, there will be much of the
Spirit: where there is much of the Spirit, there will be ever-increasing prayer.’ This is
evident each month following One Church One Day as those taking part share in
reflections, as Sonia has done so beautifully, a hunger and thirst to go deeper in
prayer. As joining together in a monthly rhythm of prayer leaves us wanting more,
maybe a weekly or daily rhythm of 5, 10 or 15 minutes of personal prayer would be a
good place to start. As we have seen in our reflections; prayer can be meditative,
creative, or reflective. There are as many different ways to pray, as there are people
on God’s planet.
Finally, a reflection from Angela in the form of a quotation and a photo,
“Trust in God, he is the lamp that illuminates the way ahead.” Anne Frank
Words and a picture that lend themselves well to a 5, 10 or 15 minute meditation.
The Lord bless us and keep us: the Lord make his face shine upon us and be
gracious to us; the Lord turn his face towards us and give us peace. Number 6:24-26
With love and prayer