Happy New Year to you. Congratulations for making it this far, and here’s to 2016 being an amazing, fruitful, joyful and God-filled year for you.
In order for that to happen, the best thing you can do it commit to seeking God in prayer over the year, so here’s a challenge for us all… How can you draw closer to God through prayer this year? What will you do to ensure you spend more time in intercession during 2016 compared to 2015?
You may have seen the controversy around the Lord’s Prayer adverts from the end of last year. They were banned from being shown in cinemas across the country, so if you haven’t yet seen it, here’s the footage.
Yes, praying the Lord’s Prayer is a subversive act. Praying for God’s Kingdom to come and His will to be done is just about the most radical and subversive thing we can do with our lives. Will you commit to praying it regularly throughout the year? Why not join with National Day of Prayer, Neighbourhood Prayer Network, and many other groups who encourage people to pray it every day at midday across the country?
More prayer resources around the video are at www.justpray.uk. Check them out, and see how you can develop your prayer life this year.
If you already pray regularly, maybe the next step you could take is to encourage others more in prayer. How about organising a 24-7 prayer week at your church, where people can get together and pray for God’s Kingdom to come, across this city and around the world?
More resources are available at www.24-7prayer.com. And if you want to inspire your church in praying more for revival and transformation across London, how about printing off some of the blog entries on this website, and having them to hand in the prayer room to inspire people? There’s a print button at the bottom left hand corner of each blog page so you can do just that.
Here’s to 2016 being a watershed year in what God wants to do across London. Will you join us in praying for that over the course of the year?
Mark Williamson also blogs regularly for One Rock, a training organisation developing missionary leaders across the globe. He’s passionate about good films, good food, getting into deep conversations, and going for long walks with his wife Joanna. You can follow him on Twitter @markonerock.