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Can prayer be exciting?

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I’d like to share with you some practical wisdom on prayer from Jeremy Jennings – on staff at HTB (Holy Trinity Brompton Church) for many years leading prayer.  He began before Nicky Gumbel began to dream and innovate with Alpha and through the amazing work of the Holy Spirit that arose in the mid nineties – managing without dampening the passion.

“On February 9, 1997 The Sunday Telegraph carried a full page article under the heading “The Church on its Knees.”  What followed was a gloomy report on the decline of church attendance and so on.  When I saw it, the thought immediately struck me: That’s not the problem; it’s the solution –THE CHURCH ON ITS KNEES!” Jeremy Jennings.

It’s not sexy to pray, and it doesn’t get the attention that probably our Lord would appreciate but it’s also something that He’d like to help us with.  Don’t look down the street (or on church websites) to see what others are doing.  What is the activity of prayer that will draw people into God’s presence.  If prayer is boring, the problem isn’t with the one we’re trying to pray to, God is very interesting and very exciting – it’s our capacity to enjoy Him that is lacking.

Up next: What is prayer about?

Join ordinary Christians in Canada to pray in extra-ordinary amounts, September 9-16 – part of Alpha International’s Year of Prayer.  Sign up for info here.


Author: Robb Massey

I'm a husband, dad, pastor and a coach. I love following Jesus, riding my bike and having fun with my family. We live in wonderful Winnipeg, Manitoba in the prairie heartland of Canada

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