Monthly Archives: March 2015

Easter 2015 Anglican Service Times

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Do not be anxious!

Anxiety is worrying about the future. There are many solutions offered for anxiety: exposure therapy, medication, positive thinking, drugs etc

The Bible commands us to pray when anxious:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God (Philippians 4:6)

Prayer is bringing our concerns to the God who controls the future. It makes good sense to hand our worries about the future to the one who has the future in his hands.

What’s more, we have the assurance that when we take our concerns to God, the peace of God will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus (Phil 4:7). We have nothing to worry about.

Feeling anxious? Take it to the Lord in prayer!

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

I Feel No Need To Pray

There are times we feel no need for prayer in our lives.

We feel too important, too self-conscious, too independent… ‘prayer is for the weak, the struggling, or those who need a safety-net in life.’ Of course, we’d rarely admit to these reasons.

It’s easy for us to come to a major turning-point in ministry, work, relationships, family development, use of money or possessions… we apply common sense, we apply sophisticated criteria, talk to the accountant, or decide by feelings of peace or comfort… yet fail to bring it to God in prayer.

Often our reasons to not pray are subtle, and so:

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting (Psalm 139:23–24).

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

I Feel Too Dry Spiritually

Prayer is a challenge in times of spiritual dryness. It might be from tiredness, hurt feelings, stress, or the drought. Not praying due to spiritual dryness may be from two misunderstandings.

Firstly, that our feelings determine our approach to God. God isn’t impressed by us feeling joyful, carefree, rested, or pious. Our approach is based on what Jesus Christ did for us when he died for us. That’s why we pray ‘in Jesus’ name.’

Secondly, that our feelings decide what is right and wrong. Rather, we need to listen to God as he says pray faithfully (Rom 12:12) and to persevere in prayer like the nagging widow (Luke 18:8).

God wants us to pray so that we learn to trust him, to persevere in prayer. God wants us to trust and obey, even when we don’t feel like it. Let’s encourage one another to keep prayer, especially when we don’t feel like it.

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

I am Too Busy To Pray

Busyness is our favourite excuse for not praying.

In his book ‘A Call To Spiritual Reformation,’ Don Carson tells of a couple who came upon a car pulled over by the road. When they stopped to help, they were told the car owners had been in such a hurry to get to a meeting they didn’t make sure they had petrol in the tank. Thankfully, the couple gave them enough petrol to get to the service station not far away.

Amazingly, as the couple drove home that day they came across the same car by the side of the same road, about 10km further along. Sure enough, they were in such a hurry they didn’t stop at that service station and so had run out of petrol again.

Starting the day without prayer is like leaving home without petrol in the tank.

I the well-known story of Martha and Mary, Jesus teaches us to not be too busy for him. Jesus teaches that Mary was right to spend time with him, rather than Martha who was too busy for him (Luke 10:38–42).

Are you too busy to pray?

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.

Prayer Gains Access

One church in a small New York town decided to canvass its community by prayer. There were no brochures, newsletters, or tracts; just prayer. No one pressed a doorbell or made a phone call. The church members simply prayer earnestly. With a red marker and a map, they prayed that God would touch the lives of those who lived on each of the town’s forty streets.

What happened? People started visiting the church “out of the blue.” One Sunday four families came on the same week that the church had prayed for households on their street. Prayer had gained access.

From Alvin J. Vander Griend, Hosues of Prayer: Ministry Manual (Mission 21 HOPE, 1997), p. 38.

What a great encouragement to pray for our people in Walgett, Colly, Cryon, and Rowena. Only God knows what might happen!

In Christ, Tory Cayzer.