The heart of our Christian faith lies in our relationship with the God we know in Jesus through the Holy Spirit, a relationship nurtured and sustained through prayer. Equally, our vision for Milton Keynes as a City Alive to God is rooted in Jeremiah’s call to “Seek the welfare of the city….and pray to the Lord on its behalf”. Prayer is fundamental. That is why it is always encouraging to note new prayer initiatives popping up: they signal a desire to tap into that deep relationship with God which shapes us and changes the world around us. Beyond the plans and strategies there must be that desire or the plans and strategies are just so much hot air and wishful thinking.
I have been observing a slow groundswell in prayer for some time now. Engagement with coMPass prayer courses has proved remarkably consistent with our seventh course beginning in November. For some eighteen months now, I have been praying with colleagues in Cornerstone on weekday mornings which has become part of the backbone of our ministry. “Thy Kingdom Come” captured the imagination earlier in the year and led to prayer in important places within the city including the city centre, the prison and the hospital as well as a number of our churches. I sense that groundswell is about to burst into something.
There are plans to revitalise our prayer cycle which has stalled of late. There is a new initiative being planned for next year to bring together civic and church leaders so that our prayer for the city can be supportive of those who carry the burden of our civic life. And there is a general invitation – “The Call” – to pray for the city on the evening of the fourth Sunday of the month at Christ the Cornerstone starting at 7pm.
I’ll hope to see you there. As R.S. Thomas remarked, “ to pray, perhaps, is to have a part in an infinitesimal deflection.”
pdf version to download – Mission Partnership Newsletter October 2017