Prayer notes

Let’s pray ……

The 12th of July parades have come and gone, and I guess one of the most prominent features will have been the marching bands ….. flute, pipe, accordion, brass. Very different in style, substance and musical ability! But all with a common theme of rhythm or beat – supplied by the drums.

David Henry Thoreau, the American essayist and philosopher said this:

“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it’s because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away”

For Christians, the question (I suppose) must be, “What drum beat do we hear? And are we in step, in tune with it?”

Paul wrote to the church in Rome,

“Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” [Romans 12:2]

In other words, “Listen to God and learn to march to the rhythm of His music!”

And don’t we also have a responsibility, under the guidance and in the power of the Holy Spirit (if we try in our own wisdom or strength we will surely fail), to help others to hear and understand, to explain God’s love and good intentions for His creation? (Will this often (always?) require a transformation of our actions and attitudes and lives as well as words?)

Father,

 I simply ask that You help me to hear the rhythm of heaven, to march in time and in tune with it, and to help others to hear, so that Your love may be shown, Your Kingdom may be grown, Your will may be done.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen.