Keep Knocking

By January 25, 2017 Blog

Ever feel like you’re shouting into the darkness? You’re praying, really praying.  You have faith. You’re eaten up with wanting and with waiting. Lord, save my family. Lord, heal my friend. Give me victory over this struggle. Stop my loved one drinking. Lift my depression. Take me out of this situation.   For weeks and months and years.  Please Lord, help.  Please Lord, hear. You pray and you pray and you pray.  But the situation doesn’t change. The sickness doesn’t heal.  And the …Read More

Putting Prayer In Context

By January 12, 2017 Blog

By Glen Prayer is… To God the Father… I’m not praying to a distant Power or an impersonal Force. I’m coming as a child before my heavenly Father. Nothing transforms my prayers more than reminding myself of Matthew 18:3, “Unless you change and become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” I don’t come to God as a battle-weary soldier approaching a Sergeant Major. I approach God as a little child with an omnipotently gracious Dad.   Through God …Read More

Pray for Meriam

By May 28, 2014 Blog

Meriam Yahia Ibrahim is a sister in Christ who’s just given birth. When she’s well enough, the Sudanese government plan to whip her with 100 lashes. Then, once the baby is weaned, they want to kill her. Why? Because she’s a Christian and she refuses to renounce Jesus. If you haven’t already, please follow the links from this page and put pressure on the Sudanese Government to release Meriam. And whether you’ve done that or not, there’s something even more …Read More

Plugged In

By May 7, 2014 Blog

One of the greatest sadnesses of my life is that my family aren’t Christians.  I’ve been praying for them now for 23 years: and in that time there have been some wonderful encouragements and conversations.  But still I long for them to know Jesus.  And sometimes I grow weary of my own petitions. It’s hard, sharing your faith with the people you love most.  It should be easy: after all, you’ve got opportunities and masses of motivation.  But you can …Read More

Thank You

By January 16, 2014 Blog

Hospital appointment this morning and 17 days in, we’re cancelling this round of IVF.  For some reason the meds aren’t working – and as it’s never happened before, the consultant doesn’t know why, or where to go from here. Can’t find the right emoticon for the moment.  But one thing that’s there is this: gratitude. Thank you – for all your prayers and support. It’s not the news we wanted, but those prayers have been answered in a huge way. Here’s …Read More

Dear God, This Is Not A Prayer

By November 26, 2013 Blog

Dear God Hi.  Emma (Scrivener) here. Sorry I haven’t been talking much recently.  Don’t worry – I’ve been reading my Bible and stuff…but I just can’t seem to pray.  The words have dried up. It’s not that I don’t think prayer is important.  I do! And I can do it for others, but not for me.  When it’s talking about me, I feel a bit awkward. The little things are too little – but the big things are too scary …Read More

Dangerous Prayers

By November 10, 2013 Blog

Sometimes I read things in the Bible and think, fair enough.  But sometimes I struggle.  Sometimes, I have to suppress an audible snort. Romans 5:3 is a case in point. ‘Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope’. 13 years ago Glen and I were just about to get together. He’d been reading Phil 3:10 and (in a moment of madness) prayed, ‘Lord, if it will …Read More

Pregnancy and Prayer

By July 15, 2013 Blog

It occurs to me that prayer feels a bit like trying to get pregnant. Bear with me here. I don’t mean real prayer, to the God of the Bible.  I mean my muddled view of it.  In the quest for a baby, I have a number of strategies.  Excluding the obvious, these include: 1. Reading lots of ‘how-to’ books Not all ‘how-to’ books are crazy.  But it’s amazing what you’ll I’ll listen to when desperate. Things you wouldn’t even consider were …Read More

Please Before Thank-You

By July 10, 2013 Blog

Something I’m really good at is asking for stuff. It’s a gift I’ve honed with practice, but frankly I was born with it.  Whatever way you look at it, ‘gimme’ slips off the tongue a lot easier than ‘thank-you’. One of my favourite verses is from Phil 4:6: ‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, present your requests to God’. Except that this isn’t the verse.  Without fail, there’s a bit that I forget …Read More

Are You There God, It’s Me, Emma

By December 16, 2012 Blog

When it comes to spiritual attack, there are a number of defensive positions that spring immediately to mind: The Ostrich – (nosuchthingasthedevil, there’s only what we can see) The Rhino – (I’ll fight on my own: stand back Holy Spirit, with my lightning prayer moves I got it covered) The Hamster- (stay on the wheel buddy, keep busy and it’ll all be fine) or – my personal default: The Porcupine. Here’s the drill: A few weeks with my prickles out, pretending everything is …Read More