This week is a significant one as the NATO summit comes to Newport. There are warships in Cardiff Bay and world leaders will be visiting our city. All this is happening against the backdrop of a summer of unrest in Europe, North Africa, the USA and the Middle East. We are not uninvolved. Jihadi’s have gone to Syria from the streets where we live. There are several families we have contact with as a church who are directly affected by what is happening in Iraq. Our brothers and sisters in Christ are suffering deeply.
All this puts a definite edge on our week of prayer. 2Chronicles 7:13-14 is relevant. It says: When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. This is a promise made to Israel in the Old Testament. But it speaks to us with equal power. The world might not know it. We might not know it either. But we are needed. Our prayers have significance beyond anything we can think or even imagine.
HOW THE ‘WEEK OF PRAYER’ WORKS
It is simple enough. There are four prayer meetings in different venues. We just meet, remind ourselves from the Scriptures how great God is, share prayer needs and then pray. There is no pressure on anyone to pray out loud. God hears the unspoken prayer as clearly as the spoken – perhaps more clearly. What matters is that we meet to worship and intercede for our city and nation and world.
Each session starts at 7.45pm and will end at 9pm
Tuesday 2nd September at Rick and Naomi’s house
Wednesday 3rd September at Sally’s house
Thursday 4th September at Rachel Holt’s House
Friday 5th September at Sally’s House