In the news recently, there have been reports by surprised journalists that people around our country have been turning to prayer, particularly younger people. This came as no surprise to me.
One of my great joys is visiting everyone at the college over Wednesday lunchtime. Chatting to all the pupils and staff is always delightful. What really encourages me are the many people who request prayers about anything and everything. Later, I love hearing how prayers have been answered, or how God felt nearer.
But here is the secret – you don’t need to be a daft priest to pray. Anyone can pray. There is no need for special words, or the right posture. You don’t need to be good or holy or clever. All you need is a willing heart to bring yourself before the Father who loves you and speak to Him. That’s it. God will hear you and don’t be surprised if you get a response, loving Fathers want to speak to their children! Most of all, prayer will often bring you peace. I have also seen too many prayers answered to doubt that it is worthwhile.
In the Bible St Paul says,
‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.’
During these challenging times, let me encourage you to try prayer, it is often an amazing experience. I will be praying for you all, and I look forward to hearing how prayer went for you.
God bless you all!
Rev’d Graham Young
Volunteer Chaplain and Local Priest