In our services this weekend we will be hearing from Andy Roberts. Andy is a partner with Church Mission Society and he leads the Revive Project in Olinda near Recife in Brazil, a safe house for girls who are victims of neglect, trafficking or abuse. You can find out more about Andy and his ministry in our services this Sunday, and by visiting www.revive-international.org. For our newsletter, I asked Andy how he maintains personal prayer in his busy life, and how he and his wife Rose help their young daughters Sophia and Julia with prayer.
Prayer is difficult and really hard – it’s a spiritual battle. Like anything, it is about getting into a routine. If you want to get fit, you have to drag yourself out of bed and make it to the gym. It’s the same in your relationship with God. Every single day I try and carve out 5 or 10 minutes for Bible reading – I make a cup of tea and open up the Bible. I find it helpful to use a “Bible in a year” app which shows me which chunk I need to read, and because it is dated it keeps me focused on doing it each day. From my Bible reading I usually find something that can prompt my prayers. So I start off the day in prayer, but I won’t lie, it’s very basic – I pray about the day, presenting my requests to God for the day ahead. These are not super spiritual prayers.
To be honest, we find it difficult to do fixed prayer time with the girls and maybe we need to do better at that. As a family we find it hard to carve out time for just us as so much of what we do is giving out, for the benefit of the girls in the project, leading them in prayer. But, we pray with our own girls Sophia and Julia before meal times and before bed time. Small prayers as part of your everyday routines are really helpful, and not seeing it as something weird or strange that only special people do. And please do keep us in your prayers – as we try to raise our own girls and serve the girls at Revive. Please also pray for Julia who was diagnosed with Type I diabetes this year, and for us as we manage that.