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Thought for the Day by Stephen Demetriou (Youth Minister)
1 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. 2 He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. 3 And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’
4 “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”
6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
God does stuff when we pray.
I know, it's the sort of thing you're supposed to learn in the early days of faith! Yet how quick am I to forget?
So it's been wonderful these last few weeks to be wowed again by that simple truth God does stuff when we pray.
He's not like the unjust judge of Luke 18, the judge who needs to be pestered and nagged and eventually does something - God's not like that!
v7 Will not God bring about justice for His chosen ones, who cry out to Him day and night? - The answer is a massive YES!
v7 carries on Will He keep putting them off? - The answer is a massive NO!
God is not like the unjust judge. He's our Just Father who loves to hear and answer our prayers.
So pray. Pray lots. Pray big. And expect God to do stuff!
We've been up in a field near Hassocks running our socially-distanced youth event and we've seen prayer after prayer after prayer specifically answered by our God, I thought I'd share one to inspire you to pray.
- I made a big mistake ordering marquees; ordered ones that were too small and our budget was not looking too healthy for bigger ones...
I was in quite a panic going to sleep on Tuesday 11th August. So Lizzi prayed "Lord give us the bigger marquees at no extra cost."
On Wednesday 12th August straight after the prayer meeting I got an email from Marquee man himself offering us bigger marquees at the same price.
Thank you God!
God does stuff when we pray.
So get to it! Get praying.
Reminder Prayer Meeting tomorrow, Tuesday at 7:30pm
Please come and pray for 30 minutes for all the various vacancies we have in the church. People to operate our video cameras for live streaming our services, Explorers children's leaders, we are looking for 2 new Churchwardens, a new church Treasurer and a PCC Secretary. Please join the meeting via MyChurchsuite.
The Diocesan Evangelical Fellowship Autumn Metting
The Diocesan Evangelical Fellowship are having their Autumn meeting and AGM on Zoom at 12 noon on Thursday 24 September. Lee Gatiss (Director of the Church Society) will be giving a half hour Bible exposition, after which they will have a brief AGM.
If you'd like to take part in the meeting please contact the church office for the details.
Mental Health Awareness 2021
Please follow the link below to our Resources page for more information.
We have now restarted in church services with 8.00am, 10.00am and 6.30pm services. Numbers for the 10am & 6.30am services will still be limited and must be booked in advance via MyChurchSuite or the website. These services will still be livestreamed on YouTube which can be accessed direct via the website or via MyChurchSuite.