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Prayer Week 19th - 25th October 2020

Lancelot Andrewes, a great theologian and preacher from the 17th century, wrote two lists which were discovered after he died.  They encourage us to pray anywhere, and at any time...

Times of prayer in the Bible:
'Always ...…..   Without ceasing ……   At all times …….   Three times a day ……   Evening, and morning and at noon...…   Seven times a day ……   In the morning a great while before day ……    At daybreak ……   The third hour of the day ……   About the sixth hour ……   The hour of prayer, the ninth ……   The evening  ……   By night ……   At midnight'

Places of prayer in the Bible:
'In the assembly ……   and in the congregation ……   Your closet  ……   An upper room  ……  A housetop   ……   The temple   …….  On the shore   …… A garden   ……   On their beds   ……   A desert place   ……   In every place'

And here are some Bible verses members of the church have found helpful.

Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my sighing.
Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray.
In the morning, O Lord you hear my voice;
In the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation,
Psalm 5:1-3

 ‘Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.  Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone?  Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?  If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!’
Matthew 7 : 7-11
‘Have faith in God,’ Jesus answered. ‘Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, “Go, throw yourself into the sea,” and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.’
Mark 11:22-25

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  Philippians 4:6

Lord, teach us to pray ... Jesus said to them, "When you pray say, 'Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come ...'"  Luke 11:1-2

Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord
Jeremiah 29:12-14 

When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 
2 Chron 7:13-14

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen 
Ephesians 3:20-21


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