Tag: Prayer

April 23rd 2020: Psalm 5

Psalm 5[a] For the director of music. For pipes. A psalm of David. 1 Listen to my words, Lord,     consider my lament. 2 Hear my cry for help,     my King and my God,     for to you I pray. 3 In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice;     in the morning I lay my requests before you     and wait […]

The Return of Daily Bible Reflections

Periodically I discipline myself to write a short piece about the readings that are offered for each day by the Church of England, the Church I work for. As we are in the midst of Coronavirus and all that it has brought so far and will bring in the future, it feels like a good […]

March 22nd 2016: Luke 22: 39-53

You can follow today’s reading by clicking on this sentence. Have you ever prayed so earnestly that it was as if you were sweating blood? In our comfortable Western context, prayer can easily lack intensity. I don’t think I’ve ever been in a place where someone sweated like great drops of blood blood in anguished […]

March 8th 2016: Hebrews 9:15-28

You can follow today’s reading by clicking on this sentence. There’s something about knowing people are praying for you. Whatever you think prayer is, or whatever you think prayer does, it’s impossible, it seems to me, not to at least be touched by knowing that someone is praying for you. It does us some good […]

February 1st 2016: Matthew 27:11-26

You can follow today’s reading by clicking on this sentence. I talk too much. Especially under pressure. Especially when I’m under pressure and I think that the pressure being placed upon me is unjust, or has put me in danger, even the kind of danger that will end up with me looking stupid. I’ve never […]

January 27th 2016: Matthew 26:36-46

You can follow today’s reading by clicking on this sentence. Have you ever felt guilty for asking God to stop something terrible happening to you or someone you love, believing that not only should you persevere, but you should somehow enjoy it and seek it too? Perhaps it’s just me, but I have a bad […]

January 12th 2016: Matthew 21:18-32

You can follow today’s reading by clicking on this sentence. ‘Whatever you ask for in prayer with faith, you will receive.” This stark verse is quite a challenge. I’ve prayed for lots of things in my time. I’ve thought that I’ve had faith for the vast majority of them. Of these prayers that i have […]

January 6th 2016: Colossians 4:2-18

You can find today’s reading by clicking on this sentence. ‘Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving.’ It’s hard to keep going, isn’t it? New years very often don’t mean a new you, or a new start (unless you work in, or have fallen prey to a marketing tactic). I remember several […]

August 27th 2014: Acts 4:13-31

Read Acts 4;13-31 here What must it be like to pray, to finish, and then have the ground shake? What must it be like to have so much integrity in the expression of your faith that those who accuse you don’t know what to do with you? They know they disagree with you, they think […]