We at Redland recently joined millions of Christians across the world calling out in prayer in many creative and wonderful ways.
At least 70 Redland folk took part in Thy Kingdom Come, through a 24-7 prayer room held between the evening service on 28th May and our Pentecost Family Service on 4th June. God wants us to pray anywhere and everywhere, and at any time, but words on the door to the prayer room set the tone:
You are entering a special place, where through stillness, quiet, prayer and contemplation we hope you will meet with God and hear what He is saying to you, our church family and the wider world…
We followed the Lord’s Prayer, laid out on the floor in a ribbon of verses. Well-known words led us to five prayer stations, each opening up a subject for prayer. For example, Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name… encouraged us to dwell on God and his holiness – through the Bible, and through the beauty and diversity of creation. Lantern pre-school contributed a large painting of a tree. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us… was an opportunity symbolically to let go of a grievance and forgive others (dropping a stone into a jar of water) and come to God for forgiveness. For yours is the kingdom the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen – the final station was an invitation to sit in the presence of the cross, to ‘post’ prayer requests in a box, and to commit to praying that five friends or colleagues would come to know the love of Christ. Other stations focused on prayer for specific areas of social action in Bristol, and explored the meaning of Give us today our daily bread.
A book was left by the door, inviting people to record their thoughts, impressions or pictures as they left. Someone wrote, Give us today our daily bread – that, as God provides our daily needs, we, in turn, become God’s provision for others i.e. their daily bread.
Thank you to all who were involved in setting up, those who were keyholders and those who took part in the 24-7 prayer room.