Tagged with: prayer

Guest Speakers: Pete Greig

Pete Greig |

Pete Greig is one of the founders of 24-7 Prayer, and leads Emmaus Rd church in Guildford. He is also the Director of Prayer for HTB and Alpha International and the author of numerous books on prayer.

Acts of the Spirit: The Spirit of Faith

Andy Tilsley |

Listen to Andy Tilsley talk about the Spirit of Faith.

Holidays and Hope

Chloe Wang |

In August 2017, with the support from ChristChurch London’s South Service, I went to Romania and volunteered for a week with a charity, Hospices of Hope. The team that I was part of worked together to create a memorable holiday...

This Ship is Sailing Forward

Elissa Day |

Elissa Day, one of our prayer team members, explains how a little prayer has been going a long way at the South Service. In the last few months at the South Service, we’ve been experiencing exciting moments as we pray...

Empowered Prayer

ChristChurch London |

‘If you know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!’ (Luke 11:13) On Sunday David concluded our series on The Lord’s Prayers...

The Lord's Prayers: Prayer of Surrender

Tim Frisby |

In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus offered up a heartfelt and tear-soaked prayer. In this talk, Tim Frisby looks at Jesus’ prayer of surrender and considers how we can also surrender our lives to God in prayer.

Using Our Imagination in Prayer

ChristChurch London |

On Sunday we spent some time in corporate worship reflecting on a 15th Century icon of the Trinity by Andrei Rublev. This was probably a new experience for lots of us, but hopefully it helped to engage our imagination in...

The Lord's Prayers: Prayer for Unity

Liam Thatcher |

A short while before his death Jesus prayed a prayer for all those who would come after him – us included. In this talk, Liam looks at Jesus’ prayer for unity and considers how it should shape our own prayers.

The Lord's Prayers: The Lord’s Prayer

David Stroud |

The disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, and in response Jesus gave them a model prayer. In this talk, David Stroud looks at the Lord’s Prayer and considers how it can shape our approach to prayer.

The Lord's Prayers: Rhythms of Prayer

Lars Due-Christensen |

Jesus prayed all the time. Whether in the morning or evening, with others or alone, he seemed to prioritise prayer. In this talk, Lars will consider how we can learn from Jesus and build healthy rhythms of prayer into our...

The Lord's Prayers: A Hunger for God

Andy Tilsley |

As well as praying, Jesus made a regular habit of fasting, and he taught his disciples to do the same. In this talk Andy Tilsley looks at what fasting is, what it achieves, and how it can enrich our prayer...

Pockets of Peace

Rich Butt |

There I am, stood on the edge of a cliff, feeling the gentle hug of the wind and watching the crystal blue sea crash against the rocks. As I take in the beauty of the scene unfolding before me I’m...

The Lord's Prayers: Our Father

Jo Wells |

What we believe about God affects how we approach Him, and Jesus taught his disciples to begin prayer saying, “Our Father…” (Matthew 6:9). In the first talk of our series, Jo considers how knowing God as Father is the foundation...

The Lord’s Prayers: Recommended Resources

Liam Thatcher |

In Luke 11 the disciples asked Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray!” In one sense, it’s a slightly strange request. These guys would almost certainly have prayed before. They would have attended the Temple and offered prayers there. They would...

Summer of Love: 1 John

Liam Thatcher |

Summer of Love: 1 John If you’ve been with us over the past few months, you’ll know that we’ve been preaching a series entitled The Heart of the Matter. It’s been a rollercoaster ride through various subjects to do with...

International Justice Mission

Tim Frisby |

This last Sunday we remembered the life of William Wilberforce, someone who spent his life working alongside people around the world to see slavery and the slave trade abolished throughout the British Empire. We then announced that we have made...

Oh Joy!

Aisha Noble-Clarke |

Repetition is a common literary device used by poets and authors to draw emphasis to something in particular. I’ll say that again… When a writer uses a word or phrase more than once, especially in close proximity to each other,...

Week of Prayer, Friday: The Nations

ChristChurch London |

As we finish our week of prayer in this city, let’s pray for the cities of nations around the world that are experiencing extreme loss, pain, confusion or fear at this time. Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank you that you...

Week of Prayer, Thursday: New Vision

ChristChurch London |

After the results of the EU referendum, Justin Welby and John Sentamu released a statement, part of which said: ‘The vote to withdraw from the European Union means that now we must all re-imagine both what it means to be...

Week of Prayer, Wednesday: Government & Leading Institutions

ChristChurch London |

Our nation is shaped by many people from different sectors of society. Today let’s pray for all those who have influence, not only as they seek to work out the best way forward in their own sector, but also the...

Week of Prayer, Tuesday: Leadership

ChristChurch London |

We are advised in the Bible to pray for those who lead us, and so today we focus our prayers in that direction. Join with us as we pray for those in leadership across our nation. Prayer: Heavenly Father, you...

Week of Prayer, Monday: Peace

ChristChurch London |

Today we pray for peace. If you were with us in church yesterday, we prayed the ancient prayer of St. Francis of Assisi. Today we continue to pray for peace; for ourselves, our communities and our nations. Peace is a...

God is in Charge: A Prayer for our Nation

ChristChurch London |

Last week saw the UK voting in favour of leaving the European Union. For many this has been a difficult decision. Whilst some consider it to be a great new opportunity for us, others have expressed fear, disappointment and anger...

Prayer for Orlando

ChristChurch London |

This weekend saw the worst mass shooting in the US for the past 25 years, when a gunman opened fire in The Pulse Club, Orlando, leaving 49 dead and at least 53 wounded. Would you join us in prayer this...

What’s the Point in Morning Devotionals?

Aisha Noble-Clarke |

I opened my eyes and it had happened again. My morning devotional turned into an extra 45 minutes sleep, which left me frantically running around trying to get ready for work. And so the cycle of guilt continued. Morning “quiet...

The Power of a Whisper: Listening for the Whisper

Andy Tilsley |

A whisper is a subtle and precious thing, easy to miss. If we are to hear God’s whispers, we will need to draw close to Him and learn to listen. In this talk, David considers how we can make a...

Let’s not bother praying for Brussels.

Andy Tilsley |

….so implied Andrew Seidel, a prominent atheist lawyer, whose online comments have sparked the expected outpouring of emotion from both supporters and detractors. ‘More religion is not the answer to this problem,’ he says. Perhaps his motives are to be commended....

Holy Week

Liam Thatcher |

If you’re anything like me, Easter can whizz by almost without you noticing it. Cadburys Creme Eggs are in the shops from Boxing Day, you’ve eaten too many by the end of January and entirely forgotten about Easter by February, until...

Joshua: The Fall of Jericho

Tim Frisby |

As the people face their first major battle, God instructs them to overcome by slightly unusual means! This talk looks at how we can trust God, even if His methods seem foolish, and how faith, worship and prayer strengthen us...

A Psalm a Day

Cameron Myers |

“New year, new me”. The well-worn saying is perhaps as ubiquitous as it is precarious. I’m wary of the countless times I’ve made extravagant promises to myself tied to the turn of the year, only to watch with lacklustre concern...

In the Bleak Midwinter: A Prayer for Child Refugees

Liam Thatcher |

This Sunday we showed a video from Home For Good, highlighting the great need caused by the refugee crisis, and in particular its effects upon children. Currently, 2 million children have left home due to fighting in Syria. In Europe...

O Come, Emmanuel

Liam Thatcher |

At our Carol Services on Sunday we reflected on the name of Jesus – Emmanuel: God with us. And we took a moment to pray for our city, our nation and our world, asking that we would know Jesus as God...

Our Father…

Andy Tilsley |

Scarcely has The Lord’s Prayer had more coverage. The furore began over the weekend when certain cinema chains decided they wouldn’t show a TV ad containing the prayer for fear it would cause offence. Cue the inevitable avalanche of tweets,...

Prayer for Paris

ChristChurch London |

In light of the horrific events in Paris on Friday night, we took a moment on Sunday to reflect and pray for all those affected by the terrible loss of life, for all those injured and traumatised by the terrorist...

Prayer for Displaced Peoples

David Stroud |

As I’m sure you’re aware, one of the main news stories of recent months has been of the millions of people who have been displaced as a result of wars and crises in nations such as Syria, Eritrea, South Sudan...

Prayer for those in Calais

Liam Thatcher |

As you’re no doubt aware, one of the main stories in the news over the past few weeks has been the so-called Calais Migrant Crisis. Estimates suggest that between 3- and 5,000 people are currently camped in Calais, with many...

Learning to Pray, one day at a time

Jennie Pollock |

If there were championships for mind-wandering, my brain would win gold every time. I remember one occasion when I was supposedly having my morning prayer time, but suddenly realised I was thinking, “Eggs. I could have eggs for lunch. Boiled...

Moses: Lifting Hands in Prayer - Exodus 17:8-16

Liam Thatcher |

As Moses and his people face their biggest battle yet, God instructs Moses to hold his arms high and trust Him for victory. In this talk, Liam looks at how we can persevere in prayer.

Prayer for Tunisia

Tim Frisby |

On Sunday we prayed for those affected by this week’s attack on the beach in Sousse, Tunisia, which killed 39 people and has injured at least 36. Below is the prayer we wrote, which you may find helpful in fuelling...

Guest Speakers: Praying 3D - Colossians 4:2-6

Pete Greig |

Paul instructed the Colossians to ‘devote themselves to prayer.’ But what does this mean, and how should we go about it? In this talk, Pete Greig explores some simple ways in which we can learn to develop a healthy and...

Prayer for the Election

ChristChurch London |

Paul writes to Timothy: ‘I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.’...

Welcome to the Island of Misfit Toys

Raphael Arthur |

I love films. One of my favourite films is Perks of Being a Wallflower. I do not consider myself a wallflower in the slightest but I think the film has something that everyone can identify with. The search for friendship....

Prayer for Nepal (update)

ChristChurch London |

As you are probably aware, this week Nepal experienced another earthquake; the second in two weeks. The first was a 7.9 magnitude earthquake; the worst the nation has seen for 80 years. The UN has estimated that 8 million people have...

Holy Week: Gethsemane - Matthew 26

Liam Thatcher |

In the final hours before his arrest, trial and execution, Jesus found himself alone in a garden, wrestling in prayer whilst his disciples fell asleep around him. This talk looks at the events in Gethsemane and considers what it was...

A Prayer for Young People

Tim Frisby |

Following reports of the serious child abuse cases in Rotherham and Oxford, we took a few moments on Sunday to highlight the important and vital work that those working with young people in front line services do, and to pray...

University: The Desert Years?!

Lydia Gascoigne |

As a girl born and bred in the seaside town of Blackpool, I’m not unfamiliar with sand. However the closest I have come to an actual desert would be the windy sand dunes of Lytham St Annes. This is no...

Daily Prayer

David Stroud |

As I approached my sabbatical last summer I was eager to find a fresh approach to my devotional life. It was not that what I was doing wasn’t working for me but rather that I wanted to take full advantage...

The Way: Struggle - Genesis 32

Hannah Elwyn |

Sometimes the spiritual journey is hard going: it’s tiring, painful and feels like a struggle. In this talk, Hannah draws lessons from the story of Jacob’s wrestling with the angel, and considers how we can persevere and receive blessing from...

Christmas Prayer

ChristChurch London |

‘To us a child is born, and he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.’ (Isaiah 9:6) Wonderful Counsellor, who orders all things by his wisdom. We ask that you would draw close to us...

Pray for the Poor Weekend

Liam Thatcher |

On October 17 1987, 100,000 people gathered in Paris to remember victims of poverty, violence, hunger and inequality. This was the very first International Anti-Poverty Day. 27 years on, a lot has been achieved, but there is still great need....

Philippians: Finding joy in all of life: Philippians 4:2-9

Hannah Elwyn |

As his letter draws towards its close, Paul gives some practical advice to the church at Philippi, to help them learn to resist anxiety and trust in God.

Stand Alone Talks: Praying for Healing

Liam Thatcher |

Jesus regularly healed the sick and taught his followers to do the same. Around one fifth of the material in the gospels is about healing and for thousands of years healing prayer has been a core part of what the...

Soul Food: Breathing

Liam Thatcher |

Nothing is more fundamental to a healthy lifestyle than the practice of breathing! In this talk, Liam explores how this simple act, which we do unthinkingly, can help us to recognise the presence of God and cultivate thankfulness.

Wednesday: Thieves in the Temple

ChristChurch London |

Right at the heart of Jerusalem stood the Temple, an enormous structure elevated on a mountain. It had taken 46 years to build, and its foundations covered nearly 1.5 million square feet. The temple was covered in gold, and the...

Cross Roads: Luke 9:10-17

David Stroud |

Jesus sets his disciples a seemingly impossible challenge; to feed 5,000 people with a kid’s packed lunch! David considers what this passage teaches us about training and raising up leaders.

Cross Roads: Luke 10:38-11:13

Andy Tilsley |

Jesus’ disciples observe him praying and ask him to teach them how to do it. This week, Andy Tilsley looks at the Lord’s Prayer, and a parable Jesus offers to encourage his followers to pray with faith.

Up – In – Out

Andy Tilsley |

The year is 2003. I was part of a television crew looking to expose a conman in Wales. It was exciting. I’ve always thought of myself as a character in a James Bond movie (I’ll leave you to guess which...

Empowered: Praying for Healing

Liam Thatcher |

Jesus didn’t simply care about people’s spiritual wellbeing; he treated people as whole beings and provided for their spiritual, emotional and physical needs. Everywhere he went he restored sick people, and told his disciples to do the same. In this...

Habakkuk: The Complaint - Habakkuk 1:1-11

Andy Tilsley |

Who was Habakkuk? Why was he writing? And why are we spending four weeks reading about him? In this talk we explore the context behind the book of Habakkuk and consider how to understand what is going on when it...

DNA: Friend - John 15:1-17

Andy Tilsley |

Fewer statements could be more audacious than this: God calls us His friends! In week three of our DNA series, Andy looks at what it means to be a friend of God, and how we can learn to rely on...

Stand Alone Talks: Love London Sunday

David Stroud |

What is there not to love about London? Seven years in and we are just as passionate about our city as we ever have been. Love London Sunday is a real highlight of the calendar; an opportunity to celebrate everything...

Esther: Scene III Character - Esther 5-6

Andy Tilsley |

Character will define you more than anything else, so how do you build it? In week three of this series, Andy draws examples from the lives of Mordecai and Esther in an individualistic culture.

Riots. What on earth do we do?

Andy Tilsley |

London is a mess. Like everyone else I’ve been shocked, saddened, angered, frustrated, watching so many images of violence, destruction, animosity and downright hatred. I was in Tottenham just before the riots broke out on Saturday, and you would never...

LittleBig Church: Fighting for Unity - Ephesians 3:14; Ephesians 4:6

Andy Tilsley |

The word ‘university’ literally means ‘unity in diversity.’ This is a brilliant picture of what God wants for His church; a diverse people who are deeply united and closely knit. This week, we will look at Paul’s prayer for the...

LittleBig Church: The Head and the Body - Ephesians 1:15-23

Andy Tilsley |

In the second week of our new series, Andy looks at Paul’s prayer for the Ephesian church, considering what it means for us to be called the body of Christ.  

Teach Us To Pray: God on Mute - isaiah 58; james 4; psalm 37; job

David Stroud |

Sometimes it feels like God is silent – like we pray in faith, but our prayers go unanswered. This can be difficult to understand, both emotionally and theologically. This talk will look at what is really going on in these...

Teach Us To Pray: Pray Without Ceasing - 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Andy Tilsley |

This week Andy Tilsley continued our prayer series, by speaking about the need for us to pray continually.

Teach Us To Pray: Cry, Wait, Hope - Psalm 130

Andy Tilsley |

Isn’t the church full of hypocrites? Why is life just so busy? Why hasn’t God answered that prayer? What is there in life to look forward to? And what on earth does any of that have to do with prayer?...

Teach Us To Pray: The Lord’s Prayer - Matthew 6:7-13

David Stroud |

The disciples asked Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray…” In this, the second talk of our series, we will look at Jesus’ response, and how the Lord’s Prayer serves as a great model for how to pray.

Teach Us To Pray: Wicked Man, Willing God - Luke 18:1-8

Liam Thatcher |

This week we launched a new series on prayer by looking at the parable of the widow and the wicked judge in Luke 18, considering how the character of God motivates us to pray.

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