Prayer is talking with God. We pray because the world needs God and so do we. We pray together as a community when we are gathered on Sundays and as Little Church communities, not to mention being scattered as individuals or as families.
He is listening - whatever we ask, think or imagine, God is able to do immeasurably more. The key however is listening to God and knowing what He is saying to us. With this in mind we are committed to helping each other discover a personal life of prayer – one that also involves a daily pattern of worship and scripture.
The way we do that is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Here's how:
Take what time you can in your day, whether that’s as little as 6 minutes, or as much as 60 minutes. Split it in 3:
1 Worship: Sing songs, read psalms, dance like no-one’s watching. Speak out praise, write your own ‘psalms’, shout for joy. Step outside, revel in the creation you find yourself in.
2 Bible: Catch up on your Bible in One Year, asking yourself: What does this passage tell me about God? What does this passage tell me about us?
3 Prayer: Pray for your knots, invite the Holy Spirit into your day. Pray for our Little Churches dotted around the city and for Bristol itself to see the transformation that comes from Jesus. Pray for the world; for those affected by natural disasters, war, famine and terrorism. Pray for God’s Kingdom to come.
We’d love to encourage you to join in with the prayer life here – everyone is welcome to get involved.
We all know by now that for each of us, living a life of prayer can be as easy as 1, 2, 3. Over the past year we’ve been exploring that individual call to live prayerfully and in the coming year we want to become equally as thirsty in our corporate prayer life.
Thirst is an opportunity for us to answer Jesus’ call to pray as a whole church family. On the first Thursday of each month the whole B&A family will be giving ourselves over to prayer, whether at work, at home, at school or in a church building. There will be some central prayer events over the day where we’ll worship, pray, and listen to God, praying into what He has for our church, city, country and world. We encourage you to come to as much of this shared time as they can, the times are below.
Let’s rediscover our thirst for God’s presence and seek to quench it together in prayer!
First Thursdays at B&A St Andrews Park, starting September 2018
6:30, 7 & 7:30am Early Thirst
9:30am Morning Thirst
12 noon Souper Thirsty (at B&A Gloucester Road)
7:30pm Evening Thirst
Lasting for around 1 hour, these sessions are flexible – you can leave before the end if you need to.
Daily Prayer Meeting
On Monday through to Thursday at 9.15am-9.45am we pray at B&A Gloucester Road. Each day has a different emphasis. On Mondays we give thanks and pray for the week ahead. On Tuesday we worship God and pray for one another. On Wednesday we pray for our Little Churches and on Thursday we pray for our Sunday Gatherings.
Available at Sunday Gatherings and from the Church Office, these simple A6 cards give easy to follow steps on how to spend time with God and live a life of prayer. Download it here.
10 min Prayer (video & audio)
This resource is designed to be used as the '3. Prayer' part of your 1, 2, 3. You can use the first 2 mins, 5 mins or the whole 10 mins depending on how much time you have, there are specially cut versions for each. It will guide you through a simple set of prayers, which the whole B&A family are praying.
Get the audio only version here: