Prayer notes

Let’s pray ……

Well, the football season (at least in Northern Ireland) is over for another year. Awards have been handed out, medals have been distributed, trophies lifted high (to the delight of some and the despair of others!). Some folk’s thoughts are already turning to the prospects for next season ……

One of the leading clubs in the Irish League this year were Coleraine FC, who finished close runners-up in the league, and won the Irish Cup. One of their top players was asked why this season had been such a good one for them. His reply was, “We were persistent and consistent.”

Persistent in that for a number of years when success eluded them, the Board, manager, coaching staff and players set their goals (excuse the pun!) for the club, believed in what they were planning and doing, and kept on going until the apparent failure turned to success, and their hopes were realised. (In the words of the Ian White song, they “kept on keeping on.”)

At the same time they were consistent in their attitude to training, playing, working towards their vision. They didn’t give up when times were difficult, didn’t wander off the path they had chosen to walk.

Jesus said, “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives. Everyone who seeks finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” [Matthew 7:7-8 NLT]

Father,

I pray for unity of vision, mind and purpose for Your church – and for our own congregation. Help me to be persistent and consistent in my prayers and in my service to You. May the things I pray for be in line with Your will – Your good intentions – for Your church and Your world.

In Jesus ‘name,

Amen .