We have become convinced through our experiences that prayer works. The reason it works is because the loving and powerful God who cares about every aspect of his world and of our lives is listening.

Here’s how one of the books of the Bible puts it: This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us (1 John 5:14).

I love the promise in another part of the Bible. It says this: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7).

The good thing about prayer is that there’s only one way to go wrong, and that’s not to do it. If prayer is simply talking to God, you don’t need long books to tell you how to do it, you just need a conviction that prayer is a good thing to do, that you’re someone God wants to hear from and that he’s worth talking to.

Are you someone God wants to hear from? The message of the Bible is that however unworthy, sinful or useless we may feel as human beings, God can’t wait to hear from us.

Is he worth talking to? He’s the only one who knows us inside out, the only one with infinite power at his fingertips, and the only one who has the true perspective on an entire world’s story.

We would love to be praying for you.

If you would like one or two members of our team to pray confidentially for you, please get in touch here.

If you would like your prayer need to be circulated more widely via our weekly prayer email sent to many members of St. John's, please contact us here.

We still have so much to learn about prayer – but we couldn’t live without it!