of The Bishop of London granted him by the Crown in 1634
St Alban’s (Grand Cayman) & St Mary’s (Cayman Brac)
Church & Office - 461 Shedden Road
P O Box 719, Grand Cayman KY1-1103, CAYMAN ISLANDS
Tel (345) 949 2757
24 July 2016
Welcome to St Alban’s Anglican Church
Today's Scripture: Genesis 18: 20–32 Colossians 2: 6- 19 S. Luke 11: 1-13
Today: 9.00 am Matins; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6pm E. Prayer.
This Week: Mon (S. James, Apostle) 5 pm Holy Communion; Tues - Fri 12.30 pm Midday Prayer.
Next Sunday: 9.00 am Matins; 9.30 am HOLY EUCHARIST; 6pm E. Prayer.
FAITH IN FOCUS: PRAY LIKE THIS
The apostles already knew how to pray when they asked Jesus to teach them. They had prayed in common in the synagogues and must have had their quiet moments with God. But they sensed that Jesus had a different way of praying that he relied on so much to achieve his mission.
What Jesus did was to teach them the difference between prayers and prayer. Anyone can say prayers but not everyone can pray. What was this technique of Jesus all about?
Pray to God not out of duty, says Jesus, but because he is your Father. Talk to him as a child would to a parent. And don’t begin by asking for things. Begin by recognising the holiness of his name, by sharing his great desire for a kingdom on earth that shares the values of heaven. Pray that what God wants may become a reality.
And when you do ask for things, just ask for what you really need, not for what you fancy you’d like. Do this honestly, recognising that your faults are overlooked by God only if you too are prepared to show unconditional forgiveness to others. Ask for the courage to do this even though it might hurt. Ask God to keep you safe from harm and never to let you get to the point where you may be prepared to abandon your faith in his promises in exchange for some earthly pleasure or convenience.
The “Our Father” or the “Lord’s Prayer” contains all these ingredients and is a useful prayer for saying in common. But it’s only a model. When Jesus taught the apostles to pray, he wasn’t telling them to keep saying these words in their hearts. He was saying, “This is the sort of approach and attitude you should come before God with”. If we included all of this in our prayer we would soon grow in our relationship with our Father.
Finally, we have to remember that God is not a spiritual one-armed bandit. If we put enough prayers in we don’t automatically get what we want. Perhaps prayer isn’t so much about changing God’s mind as about making us sensitive to what our real needs are and what God wants from us. Maybe prayer gives us a clearer vision and the courage to meet the challenge. That way we always get what we need.
WORD OF GOD
Father, may your name be held holy,
your kingdom come;
give us each day our daily bread,
and forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive each one who is in debt to us.
And do not put us to the test.
(Luke 11: 2-4)
WORD FOR TODAY
We don’t always get what we pray for. That’s because God alone knows what we really need. What prayer does do for us, however, is to give us a clearer vision of God’s will and the courage to persevere in following it.
OUR LOVE FOR GOD is tested by whether we seek him or his gifts. (Ralph W Stockman)
YOU CAN’T pray a lie.
THIS WEEK’S BIBLE READINGS
Mon (S. JAMES): Jeremiah 45: 1-5, Acts 11:27 - 12:2, S. Matthew 20: 20-28
Tues: 1 Sam 20: 1-17, Acts 1: 15-end, Mark 1: 14-20
Wed: 1 Sam 20: 18-end, Ac 2: 1–21, Mk 1:21-28
Thurs: 1 Sam 21:1 - 22:5, Acts 2: 22–36, Mark 1: 29-end
Fri: 1 Sam 22: 6-end, Ac 2: 37-end, Mk 2: 1-12
Sat: 1 Sam 23, Acts 3: 1-10, Mark 2: 13-22
NEXT SUNDAY : Ecclesiastes 1: 2, 12–14; 2: 18-23, Colossians 3: 1- 11 , S. Luke 12: 13-21