Isidore of Seville is believed to have said, “If we want to be always in God’s company, we must pray regularly…When we pray, we speak to God.” In a quote from the Archbishop, he says “We show our faith and trust in God in prayer. It is in prayer that God takes hold of our lives and works through us in ways we can barely imagine possible. Our praying is particularly transformative when it is done in the company of others. Jesus prayed at the Last Supper that we, those who follow him, might ‘be one that the world might believe. There is an invitation then, to make a lasting difference in our nation and in our world, by responding to his call to find a deep unity of purpose in prayer.”
The Archbishop of Canterbury is calling on Christians across the globe to join in a week of prayer during Pentecost, to pray for more people to come and know Jesus Christ. With the emphasis on prayer, St Mabyn Church now has a dedicated space for prayer developed by a group of people from the church community. This is a space to reflect and talk to God: leaving prayer requests, lighting a candle and praying for those in need. As Isidore of Seville said, “If we want to be always in God’s company, we must pray regularly…When we pray, we speak to God.” The Archbishop of Canterbury calls on all Christians to join in a week of prayer.
So what can we do to invite people to have the opportunity to speak to God?