The amazing sights we marvel at in nature documentaries such as Blue Planet are revealing glories and phenomena that have remained completely unknown until modern technology enabled photographic pioneers to plumb the depths of the ocean. What is true in the natural sphere is true on a spiritual plane too. Were such a thing possible, a spiritual weather chart would show more clearly than any savvy news analyst the competing spiritual ‘currents’ that are at work behind national and international issues. As surely as currents power through the depths of the oceans so the Holy Spirit is at one with the Father in directing world events, not only up to, but also beyond the climax of Jesus’ return. Continue reading
Given all that is going on in Zimbabwe, it is hardly surprising that the Lord has been putting Africa on my heart more than usual this week. We thought you might find it helpful to summarise the situation there, and to join in praying for the Zimbabwe at this pivotal moment in its history.
At the time of writing, the nation is waiting to see what will come of the initiative taken by the army to put Mugabe under house arrest. Continue reading
No short prayer or summary can even begin to do justice to the full complexities of all that China is, let alone all that the Lord is doing there, but we pray that these simple thoughts may prove a worthwhile offering . . .
Spirit of God, breathe new life into this vast and ancient land. Praise You that You are raising up Your servants in every stratum of society – from those who work on the land right up into the echelons of the communist party itself. Let your Holy Spirit flow into places where it has long been frowned on to speak openly of anything that is not endorsed by the State. Continue reading
The second piece of music we are featuring as a piece we can use to pray with, is the stunning second movement of Joaquim de Rodrigo’s Concierto d’Aranjuez. Many would claim that this is the most beautiful piece of music ever written by a Spanish composer!
Concerning its origin, Rodrigo, who became blind at the age of three, wrote:
I heard a voice inside me singing the entire theme of the Adagio at one go, without hesitation. And immediately afterwards, without a break, the theme of the third movement. I realized quickly that the work was done. Our intuition does not deceive us in these things . . .
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A prayer concerning Catalonia’s push for independence . . . with acknowledgements to Gerard Manley Hopkins
Father God, we cry to You in all the debate now raging, let there be a proper engaging!
Guide, govern and direct the process now unfurling and turn the hearts of both Spaniards and Catalans alike. Yes guide guard and restrain,
lest some strong surge flare up to impair the gift and calling You are preparing for these peoples. Continue reading
Almost everyone is familiar with 1492 as the date when the Italian explorer Christopher Columbus finally obtained permission from the joint monarchs King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella and set out from Spanish shores to establish colonies in the New World. What far fewer people are familiar with is the tale of other significant events that happened in that same year: events which had a most decisive impact on the Spanish nation.
Under the leadership of Ferdinand and Isabella, the ‘Reconqusita’ reached its climax when Spanish men at arms reclaimed Granada and Andalusia from Moorish control. It was a brutal war which culminated in the Moors being obliged either convert or go into exile. (ISIL make a particular point on their propaganda websites of saying how determined they are to take Spain back for Islam). Continue reading
I recall Brother Andrew declaring two or three years ago that he expected things to change dramatically in North Korea. “Our prayers can go where we cannot. There are no borders, no prison walls, no doors that are closed to us when we pray.” Continue reading
Jonathan Welton recently had a dream in which he saw three immensely strong demons whispering in the ear of Kim Jong-Un, the North Korean dictator. These demons all had names beginning with the letter A: Arrogance, Autarch (which means absolute supreme ruler) and Ancestral momentum. All three were pressing in on King Jong-Un, seeking to goad him into action.
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Can a land be born in one day or a nation be delivered in an instant? (Isaiah 66:8)
Will God break through for North Korea – or will things merely progress still further along the lines they are currently doing, heading towards ever greater mess, suffering and even destruction? We certainly can’t afford to be naive or presumptuous but there are stories and examples we can take heart from to fuel our prayers . . .Think how swiftly things changed just after the Second World War, for instance, when Israel again became its own nation. Continue reading
Making Friday September 8th a day to focus in prayer for the nation and on wider concerns
It is only a few weeks since we played an active part in supporting a day of prayer and worship for the nation, but another call for such a day of prayer has been sent out. I am obviously out of the country myself on this date, but it is important to keep the sequence and rhythm of wider prayer going. I will be seeking to make it as much a day of prayer for France as for England! Continue reading