A Hearty Desire to Pray
Hereâ€™s something not every New Frontiers Church leader will say: I sometimes use the Common Book of Prayer to help me pray.Â Not often, but now and again, Iâ€™ll pick it up, flick through and use it for inspiration.Â And although the language is archaic, the meaning of the prayers are excellent and extremely helpful.
Hereâ€™s one I read this week.
O LORD, we beseech thee mercifully to hear us; and grant that we, to whom thou hast given an hearty desire to pray, may by thy mighty aid be defended and comforted in all dangers and adversities; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
One thing I love about this prayer is that it recognises that the very desire to pray is a gift from God.Â God has given us a â€œhearty desire to prayâ€.Â I just spent ten or so minutes thanking God for the desire to pray that God has given me and asking for him to increase it.Â Iâ€™d love it if Christ Church Fareham was known as a church with a hearty desire for prayer, so letâ€™s pray for that!
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