Praying on our Own
But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
In his paraphrase of Jesus’ instructions, Eugene Petersen explores what happens when people seek God in private:
“Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace..”
Praying for Others
No man can do me a truer kindness in this world than to pray for me.
We believe that bringing the needs of others before God is a vital means of serving. We are also conscious of the need to allow God to direct the way we pray and to allow him to change us into people he can use in the fulfilling of his purposes.
Issues that have arisen in church services and prayer meetings are regularly posted in The Hub, for on-going prayer. Prayers that may form a helpful framework in praying for specific broad areas can be found at Seeking God on behalf of our community, … our country, … crises across the Middle East, Africa and Europe.
Joining with Others to Pray
At Trinity there are many opportunities to join with others to pray.
Meeting for Prayer Together
Thursdays (fortnightly) at 7:45pm in the Library. Details of dates appear in Events at Trinity.
Early-morning Prayer Together
Most Wednesdays at 7:00am in the Coffee Bar.
Prayer Together for Mission
Details in the Life Groups section of the website.
Weeks of Prayer
Extended periods of prayer at various points in the year. These evenings allow us to spend unhurried time, listening to God, in his word and as we pray together. Details of dates will appear in Events at Trinity.
Time spent in prayer will yield more than that given to work. Prayer alone gives work its worth and its success. Prayer opens the way for God Himself to do His work in us and through us. Let our chief work as God’s messengers be intercession; in it we secure the presence and power of God to go with us.
Information for Praying
By using prayer request bulletins, we also unite to pray in response to requests supplied by Trinity members and by PCI (Presbyterian Church in Ireland).
Produced monthly and available in the vestibule on the first Sunday of each month. Requests for inclusion can be forwarded to Winifred Blacoe, Prayer Secretary.
Mission Overseas Prayerline
A PCI booklet, detailing weekly prayer requests from those serving overseas, is also available in the vestibule – or online, by placing a request to:
[i] Spurgeon at His Best, Baker, 1991, p 143