Prayer at St. James

Our church believes in the power and importance of prayer.  Prayer is the place of admitting our need, of adopting humility, and acknowledging our dependence upon God.  Prayer is the exercise of faith and hope. Prayer is the privilege of touching the heart of the eternal.
We believe it provides a way to fulfil Christian duties that are mentioned in the bible. We are to pray for one another ( James 5:16); bear one another’s burdens, and thus fulfil the law of Christ, (Galations 6:2), and pray without ceasing   (I Thes. 5:17). These are only a few of the many verses with similar instructions.
There are different opportunities for prayer:
First, every Thursday morning between 9.30am and 10.30am there is prayer meeting in the church. There we pray for St. James, the Parish, local community and the City of Swansea. No one is an 'expert' and we are all learning so you won't feel out of place. Some pray using words, others through silence and some using the words of Scripture. The point is that we are all together, united in our longing for God to move in power and heal, restore and forgive.

Second, there is something called the Prayer Chain. This was set up a few years ago and consists of members of our congregation willing to take time to pray when the chain is ‘activated’.  We have received over 100 prayer requests since we started.  The chain exists to ensure that requests for prayer are responded to as quickly and earnestly as possible. Prayer requests can be concerns, needs, praises or thanksgivings for yourself, members of your family or friends. You may add your prayer request by contacting Gwen Bailey. Once your prayer request is received, Gwen will share it with the Prayer Chain. Feel free to submit as many prayer requests as you like.

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds."  Philippians 4:6,7

Eternal God, give us insight to discern your will for us, to give up what harms us, and to seek the perfection we are promised in Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen

Third, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York called for a week of prayer leading up to Pentecost this year. All over Britain churches and congregations were called to pray for the renewal of God's people in our land. The hope is threefold:

  • for all Christians to deepen in their relationship with Jesus Christ;
  • for all of us to have confidence in the Gospel;
  • for all to respond to the call of Jesus Christ to follow Him as disciples, to live out the Gospel and to seek God's Kingdom from day to day. 

There are many ways to respond to this and as a Parish we are looking to encourage people to explore them individually and in groups. To help us we are holding a repeatable Prayer Course whch is based on the Lord's Prayer. Free reosurces for this are available on the following website: https://www.prayercourse.org/‚Äč