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The gift of prayer

I wonder if you watch the TV programme "Who Do You Think You Are?" in which celebrities are helped to trace their family history, sometimes with surprising results. It makes compelling viewing, not least because many people are interested in their own family history. My family history reveals that until my generation my ancestors had remained Yorkshire for many generations.

These days, of course, it is more usual to find families scattered around the country or even around the world. Though there are many ways to keep in touch, when a family member lives overseas it limits the opportunities for personal contact. When my brother in New Zealand was seriously ill, I would have loved to be able to pop over regularly to see him and his family!

That is one of the reasons that I am so grateful for the gift of prayer. Through prayer, not only are we are able to communicate with our Creator, but we are able to hold before God those people and situations which are on our heart. I have known so many people over the years who have felt the benefit of the prayers of others. I love this quote from Max Lucado, "Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the one who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference."

Steve Clark
Minister, Glenfield Methodist Church

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