Scheduling an hour for prayer and inviting others to set aside time to attend could be viewed as fulfilling expectations by way of preparation for an event like Word on the Wash. Saturday August 17, is the date in the calendar for all to meet together at St John’s Church, Kings Lynn, from 0930 to pray for an hour. That is at The Church in The Walks, right next to the railway station. Is it to tick the right box for a successful trouble free event when Christians gather from 30 to 40 churches listed on our data base? To meet together for prayer is of course very much more than an occasion on a Christian’s socialising calendar.
Prayer is one of the great privileges of a believer and the people of God. “What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the Lord our God is near us whenever we pray to him?” argued Moses with Israel in preparing them to go into the promised land. Jesus likewise to encourage prayer told his disciples that where two or three are gathered together in his name, he is present there with them. The numbers are not the main thing. It is that meeting with the God who draws near, as He promised, “draw near to me and I will draw near to you.” One true prayer can change the outcome of any battle for truth, righteousness and peace, as Moses discovered with his friends Aaron and Hur while standing on the mountain top with hands stretched up to heaven. For as long as his hands were stretched up, Joshua in the valley below was able to push back the terrorists of those days and win the battle. Moses wrote a banner that day “The Lord is my banner.” Word on the Wash has made a number of banners to advertise the event. We should order surely one more with the banner reading “The Lord is our banner”
Here is another thought about prayer. Is it false humility or true humility and a realism about the battle for the gospel and the coming of God’s kingdom on earth as it is in heaven, when speakers ask for prayer for their ministry at Word on the Wash? The apostle Paul after teaching the church at Ephesus about the reality of the spiritual battle for truth, righteousness and peace added his own request for prayer. “Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel.” As a prisoner in chains there was plenty to cause fear, just as to day there is plenty to call for courage. At Word on the Wash we will listen to many words, and our great need is not for lectures or seminars but words given by the Spirit of God whereby we know that we are in the presence of God, who delights to draw near to his people. Then responding to the Word of God will be a glad thing, a response of love and not duty.
John Wallis- Chair of Word on the Wash