I feel like I’m just coming up for air after a frantic few weeks since I last blogged. My day job has been all-consuming and taken up too much of my time and energy, and the small amount left over has been given to my family. Needless to say I haven’t written or recorded anything for about three weeks and I’m feeling slightly bereft! However, last night I sat down with a guitar and made a start on a new song – one of six that are currently “in progress”. I was also featured in a short article in the monthly newsletter for the Christian Police Association, “On and Off Duty” and although it was certainly not the most important article, I was grateful for the mention.
Last Friday night I led a prayer and worship evening at our church, Biggleswade Baptist, with our pastor Steven Anderson. It went really well and there was a good turnout, especially as it was the first one we’d done. I’m really keen to do these events on a regular basis to create a space where people can come together to worship God and pray together, experiencing the life changing power of the Holy Spirit. My desire is to see these gatherings grow, not just in numbers but in expectation, that as we meet and seek God He will move powerfully in our lives and in our town and nation. It can be easy to come to God in prayer with a list of requests, and to spend all our time talking at Him, rather than just “being” in his presence and listening for what He is saying to us. Like any relationship there needs to be two way communication, and particularly in today’s world where there are so many things competing for our attention, it is vital that we carve out time to be with God. He can speak to us in many different ways but we have to be listening!
Using music is a powerful way to express ourselves and call out to God, and is also a form of prayer. That is why music features so much throughout the Bible – it has a unique way of connecting body, mind and soul. I think we need to get away from our image of prayer as being huddled around a folding church table, in a stuffy church hall, drinking tea in polystyrene cups, hands clasped and eyes closed, mumbling quietly to each other! (although God does hear those prayers). Prayer is our communication with the living God and our heavenly father! We should be able to shout, sing, laugh, cry, sit quietly, dance, jump around and fully express ourselves as we go deeper in our relationship with him. It’s important that we do this on our own with the door closed, but also as we come together as members of a family. I’m really excited to see what is going to happen with these monthly prayer and praise meetings and if you are local to Biggleswade I encourage you to come along. You don’t have to be a church member, and you don’t have to have any faith in God at all. Everyone is welcome! The next one will be in early May – date to be decided.
Have a good week.
I leave you with Psalm 150…
Praise the Lord.
Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his acts of power;
praise him for his surpassing greatness.
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise him with the harp and lyre,
praise him with timbrel and dancing,
praise him with the strings and pipe,
praise him with the clash of cymbals,
praise him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord.