St Andrew's at Prayer
"St Andrew's at Prayer" is a prayer group that meets up around once a month to pray together. For upcoming meeting dates please click here. The church is open most days for private prayer. All are welcome to come in and use the contemplative surroundings to offer their own private prayers, or to simply rest quietly in God's presence.
Why We Pray Together
Prayer is not for God's benefit; it is for ours. Where else can we go to bear our soul without fear, and walk away cleansed, comforted, counselled, and corrected? Prayers work not because of how well they are said, but because of what God does when He hears them. We don't have to understand prayer to enjoy its benefits any more than we have to understand aerodynamics in order to fly. You just do it! Pray! Get on the plane and trust the pilot.
Christians pray together in the belief that through prayer God will act in their lives, and in the lives of others.
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
As Christians we accept that we are not perfect, righteous, or holy in ourselves. We are just ordinary people. We all do some things that God doesn't want us to do, and we all fail to do some things that God really wants us to do. This is sin, and our sins separate us from God. But because Jesus died on The Cross to take the punishment for our sins, we are offered reconciliation with God through His sacrifice. Everybody is offered this, the greatest gift of all. All that Jesus asks of us is that we each accept the gift that He offers... accept his forgiveness and acknowledge Him as Lord and Saviour. Because of His sacrifice, He has the power to forgive completely... to wipe the slate clean and make us perfect, righteous, and holy in God's eyes.
We believe that when we come to God in faith, accepting the love and forgiveness that He offers us, He will guide us in prayer through His Spirit. Our prayers don't have to be long, clever, or full of fancy words. They are made acceptable to God through the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. He loves us. He loves to hear from us. He listens. He responds.
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