Pause for Thought with Ray Dadswell: Pray without ceasing

Quite a challenge! ‘Be in a constant attitude of prayer’ is probably what the New Testament writer means, which doubtless makes it more manageable.

As we enter the new year, we are being rallied by our Mayor, Councillor Carolyn Heaps, to join her at the Town Hall on Saturday 21st January to pray for the needs of Eastbourne and the area around.

She has kindly responded to a few questions ...

Q. “WHY AND HOW do we need to pray for the town?”

A. “This is not an easy time for everyone. Families and businesses are under threat because of the recession. Unemployment is a problem. It is therefore the responsibility of Christians to be good stewards of their time as well as of their money and skills.

“A number of churches are praying together at present, and this special day is to be interdenominational.”

Q. “HAVE YOU SEEN answers to prayer since a similar event was held last year?”

A. “Last year was rather ‘low-key’, with about 350 people attending. I hope that with the blessing of the churches, and an exercise of faith, this time there will be more.

“In the past twelve months we have seen development in the work of the Street Pastors. Night Shelter has also come into being, which in itself has brought together well over a hundred volunteers who have been willing to get out of their comfort zones.

“Redeeming Our Communities has become established here, and the Food Bank ...”

Q. DO YOU HAVE a particular Bible passage to share in this connection?

A. “The parable in Luke chapter 18 is very relevant to all this. ‘Jesus told his disciples that they should always pray and not give up.’”

Yes, indeed. This story is worth reading again, taking note of how the Lord enlarges on his theme.

‘The widow kept coming to the judge with her plea’ and ‘Will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly.’

So, there we have it. Nearly nine thousand church-goers in Eastbourne, which means a lot of authority in heaven!

Publicity flyers have been distributed already, but here are the details again:

Day of Prayer, Saturday 21st January, 9.00 am to 8.00pm, Town Hall Assembly Room. ‘Come and go as you can’ is the invitation.