I have been enjoying watching the Football World Cup being held in Russia this year. I love the excitement, the colour, the fans coming together from so many different countries, each bringing something unique to the occasion. One of my favourite parts is the singing of the national anthems before each match kicks off – the enthusiasm and passion shown by some nations – I find myself willing the players to really sing their hearts out!
Maybe you wonder why I’m going on about football!? (For those of you who don’t know… I am a great football fan!) But my reason for starting off with this theme is the 24/7 Prayer Week coming up in August – one thing that is very noticeable with many of the footballers is that they pray. Some pray before the start of a match; others after they have scored a goal or before they take a penalty kick; and some pray at the end of a match.
How wonderful that prayer is a natural part of their lives. Our 24/7 Prayer Week from August 5th – 12th is an opportunity for you to revitalise and extend your prayer life. You can come along to the church anytime during that week – day or night – there will be rotas for you to sign up, but you can come at other times too. There will be a prayer room (the small lounge), but also ‘prayer stations’ in the church sanctuary giving you prayer ideas and activities, special
events including themed evenings of prayer and worship, a film evening/afternoon followed by some discussion, and the popular ‘breakfast slot’ followed by 9am morning prayers led by a different person each day.
The programme for the week will soon be available and some ideas for prayer which you can use at home too if you cannot manage to get to the church. God doesn’t mind where we are when we pray, although it can be encouraging for us to meet together with others.
For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them. (Matthew 18:20)
Please pray that our 24/7 Prayer Week will be a time of much blessing for Trinity. (And, you know, you can pray for the footballers too – that they play fairly; that nobody is badly injured, that they fulfil their potential, and of course that England win the World Cup!!)