Vicar's Letter July

Vicar’s Letter – July 2014

‘Holy Discontent’

Dear Friends,

 On 27 May 1940, King George VI called for a national day of prayer following the realisation that the British troops in Northern France were at risk of ‘total annihilation’. Three extraordinary events occurred following that day of prayer. First, Hitler overruled his Generals and halted the advance of his troops (something that has never been fully explained). Second, a storm of unprecedented scale grounded the Luftwaffe that was poised to attack the evacuating troops. And third, despite the storm, a serene calm settled over the Channel days later which enabled a vast armada of boats to come and rescue the escaping men. Either this is an extraordinary set of coincidences, or this was the hand of God in response to a nation on its knees praying.

Prayer has the power to make a huge difference to our lives and the world around us.

Prayer is spiritual nutrition. Just as the body needs physical food, so the soul needs spiritual food. Prayer changes us. However, the Bible goes much further than this. Prayer is powerful. It is, as Charles Haddon Spurgeon put it, ‘the slender nerve that moves the muscles of omnipotence.’

Prayer for Revival

Blasio Kugosi, a school teacher from Rwanda was tired of the lack of spiritual fervour in his own life and what he saw as a life of compromise. So, in 1935 Kugosi fasted and prayed for a week. During that time God transformed him. He began boldly preaching the gospel in the school where he taught and revival broke out in Rwanda. Then just days later God used him to spark a similar revival in Uganda. But suddenly Blasio died of a high fever. His ministry lasted but a few weeks. His impact? Decades!

Pentecost power

When the Holy Spirit came on the disciples at Pentecost, what were they doing? They were joining together constantly in prayer (Acts 1:14). It was as they were altogether in one place that the Spirit came in dynamite fashion turning the hearts of at least 3,000 people that day to Jesus. The Holy Spirit brings transformation, renewal and restored passion to live fully for Jesus acknowledging Him to be the Lord.

Holy discontent

Are you, like Blasio Kugosi, tired of going through the motions of the Christian life, tired of a lack lustre, luke warm experience of Jesus, frustrated by an inability to see victory over the issues with which you struggle. If the answer is a resounding ‘Yes’ to all of the above then let that desire stir in you a desire for more of God’s presence by his Holy Spirit. Let that holy discontent with the way things are stir in you a deep desire for the deeper things of God, a deeper longing for more of his transformational power in your life that rebukes the life of compromise and accommodation. Let that holy discontent stir in you a desire for the way things could be and resolve to pray and fast and cry out to God for a fresh visitation of His life giving Spirit. In essence are you hungry for more of God? – for more of His spiritual refreshment to revitalize your daily life and establish a longing for the signs of his Kingdom? If this is ‘You’ then pray and cry out to God, for yourself, for our church and for our community. We need God to move in a fresh way in our lives and to restore our spiritual passion.

Prayer changes us and changes our circumstances. It has happened before, it can happen again. Let us join together to see revival in this place and let us pray: ‘Lord start with me’.                                           In Christ,    Stephen