Our church believes in the power and importance of prayer. Prayer is the place of admitting our need, of adopting humility and acknowledging our dependence upon God. Prayer is the exercise of faith and hope. Prayer is the privilege of touching the heart of the eternal.
We believe it provides a way to fulfill Christian duties that are mentioned in the bible. We are to pray for one another ( James 5:16); bear one another’s burdens, and thus fulfill the law of Christ, (Galatians 6:2), and pray without ceasing (I Thes. 5:17). These are only a few of the many verses with similar instructions.
There are different opportunities for prayer:
First, every Thursday morning between 9.30am and 10.30am there is prayer meeting in the church. There we pray for St. James, the Parish, local community and the City of Swansea. No one is an 'expert' and we are all learning so you won't feel out of place. Some pray using words, others through silence and some using the words of Scripture. The point is that we are all together, united in our longing for God to move in power and heal, restore and forgive.
Second, there is something called the Prayer Chain. This was set up a few years ago and consists of members of our congregation willing to take the time to pray when the chain is ‘activated’. We have received hundreds of prayer requests since we started. The chain exists to ensure that requests for prayer are responded to as quickly and earnestly as possible. Prayer requests can be concerns, needs, praises or thanksgivings for yourself, members of your family or friends. You may add your prayer request by contacting Gwen Bailey. Once your prayer request is received, Gwen will share it with the Prayer Chain. Feel free to submit as many prayer requests as you like.
"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds." Philippians 4:6,7
give us the insight to discern your will for us,
to give up what harms us,
and to seek the perfection we are promised
in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Third, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York called for a week of prayer leading up to Pentecost each year. All over Britain churches and congregations were called to pray for the renewal of God's people in our land. The hope is threefold:
for all Christians to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ;
for all of us to have confidence in the Gospel;
for all to respond to the call of Jesus Christ to follow Him as disciples,
to live out the Gospel
and to seek God's Kingdom from day to day.
There are many ways to respond to this and as a Parish, and every so often we have a teaching session for anyone interested in learning about prayer, as well as several retreats every year held down in Nicholaston House in the Gower. We also host repeatable Prayer Courses based on the Lord's Prayer. Free resources for this are available on the following website: https://www.prayercourse.org/
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21)