“E M Bounds once said, “What the church needs today is not more machinery or better, not new organisations or more novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use— men of prayer, men mighty in prayer.”

If you have ever watched films where people are travelling by steam liners, you may like me have felt sorry for the guys who had to stoke the boilers. It was hard work, unappreciated by most, but absolutely essential if the ship was to get to its destination. When Spurgeon said “prayer is the boiler room of the church” he may have had that sort of picture in mind. On Tuesday night we are encouraging men to gather to pray together with the ladies meeting the following evening.

Prayer is essential if we are to see Hope Church accomplish what God has for us. For the rest of this week we are continuing to pray for the ‘gates’ of our lives, our church and our city to be thrown open in 2015 for the King of glory to come in. In Bible times the city gates were where all the business and key decision-making took place so let’s heed Paul’s challenge in 1 Timothy 2:1-8 and pray for God to break into our work places and homes as well as praying for God’s blessing and peace on all those in authority.”

Much grace,