It might help to first of all set the scene to unveil the mystery – what is Prayer for Growth?
It is simply that. Prayer. For. Growth. No fancy marketing, it just does ‘what it says on the tin’. It is one of many stepping stones / tools we use along the road to becoming all that God created you to be.
It is between 2-6 one and a half hour sessions with typically two people who are prayerfully selected from the P4G team and who best fit your needs. It is not counselling, but it is taking time to listen to both you and God to see God bring freedom in your life.
The team is made up of people with a variety of backgrounds experiences and gifting, typically with a caring or insightful bent and passionate about prayer. However, all of the team have confidentiality as their first priority. All of the team have themselves at some point been through P4G and are on the team because they have experienced the benefits of the sessions.
So now you’re up to speed on what it is; who’s it for?
I’m sitting writing this blog on my birthday. I’m feeling great. Lots of cards and some cool (and not so cool) presents, but generally I’m ‘feeling the love’. Everyone I meet, even those who don’t know me, when they find it’s my birthday will wish me ‘happy birthday’. If I’m in the right restaurant (my latest experience was at the Sugar Cane in Yeovil – it’s hilarious; you have to go) with much gusto and enthusiasm a huge cake with sparklers is produced. Why? Because somewhere deep in most of us we know that the day we were born for at least one person was the happiest day of their life. Birthdays are precious. “Why do birds suddenly appear…” is the annoying tune that’s now running through my head…
On my birthday I feel invincible – with that much love and attention I’m buzzing for days after (particularly if I have the pleasure of a birthday meal with friends a couple of days later it draws it out too – haha!).
However, (look out-revelation coming!) not every day is like your birthday. Life happens without your permission and people come in and out of your life bringing good and bad in their wake. People’s actions hurt us, their words hurt us. So we learn to put up barriers, and justifiably so. “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will break my heart” is a variation on the school rhyme oft recited of old.
I’m recently inspired by the latest Guiness advert on TV (read in a Welsh accent):
“Strength, size, power…these are the things a man needs to play rugby..and you have none of these Williams”
“too small to play rugby”, they said,
But they were wrong.
It was the size of his heart.
The power of his ambition
The strength of his character
Shane Williams. 87 caps. 58 tries. For Wales RFC”.
If you’ve not seen it here’s the link on YouTube:
Proverbs 18:21 says, “The tongue has the power of life and death…” and James talks about it being a restless evil, full of deadly poison…with it we curse human beings…
So maybe you have had something “spoken over you” constantly, or perhaps you struggle with a particular way of thinking due to the way we were bought up, maybe you’ve got into some bad habits or maybe you feel guilty for perhaps even no reason at all!
Whatever it is (and you know if there’s something niggling you – you might even say it’s stopping you “feel closer to God”) ask Jan Stevens (or your small group leader) for a form ‘in confidence’ – we’d be delighted to help you overcome these blockers to your potential. We’ll gladly talk with you about alternative thinking and learning to forgive too if that’s something you want to discuss.
The key is you’re not the only one going through what you’re going through, and we all struggle with something!
But remember, Jesus said, “I have come that you might have life, and life in all its fullness”. John 10:10
– Martin Mason