MCT 11am (or any alternative time) PRAYERS

GO PRAY 17th August

Hello Everyone

In their worship, the community of Taizé, in France, regularly sing Veni Creator Spiritus: Come, Creator Spirit.

We should also regularly request the Holy Spirit to Come amongst us and help us in our worship whether together or in our own prayer times.

As we begin to pray during this week we need to pause for a few moments to invite the Holy Spirit to enlighten us, to come into our lives, into our minds and into our hearts. And when we do not know how to pray, the Holy Spirit will pray for us.

Our reading is from St Paul’s letter to the Romans.

Romans 8:26-27

Likewise, the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

St Paul knows how hard it can be to pray at times. He encourages the young church at Rome by reminding them and us, of the work of the Spirit deep within our hearts.

Is there a particular type of prayer that brings you closest to God?

The Spirit communicates to God on our behalf, bringing to God our deepest hurts and longings – the things we struggle to say.

What current issues in our world make you groan or sigh?

What issues do you struggle to pray about?

Lift them to God now. God who searches the heart.

Read Romans 8:26-27 again.  As you read Paul’s words again open your heart to God.   Allow Jesus to pour his love and healing into anything you are keeping hidden, trying to run away from, or causing you pain.

Leave some time at the end of your prayer time in the presence of God’s Holy Spirit. Be still, and clear your mind, be still and let the Spirit work deep within you.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be world without end. Amen.