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Bible Reading – Luke 14: 25 – 33 - The Cost of Being a Disciple
Once when large crowds of people were going along with Jesus, he turned and said to them, “Those who come to me cannot be my disciples unless they love me more than they love father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and themselves as well. Those who do carry their own cross and come after me cannot be my disciples.
“If one of you is planning to build a tower, you sit down first and work out what it will cost, to see if you have enough money to finish the job. If you don’t, you will not be able finish the tower after laying the foundation; and all who see what happened will laugh at you. This man began to build but can’t finish the job they will say.
If a king goes out with ten thousand men to fight another king who comes against him with twenty thousand men he will sit down first and decide if he is strong enough to face that other king. If he isn’t, he will send messengers to meet the other king, to ask for terms of peace while he is still a long way off. In the same way” concluded Jesus, “none of you can be my disciple unless you give up everything you have.”
Read through the passage several times and meditate on what Jesus is saying to us. He says we cannot be his disciple unless we love him more than anyone else, more than our families, more than ourselves. We have to carry our own cross to be a disciple. Being a disciple is not easy, we cannot all make that commitment. We have to be prepared, do our ground work first, before committing ourselves. We can at times have a tendency to rush in before weighing up the consequences. The final paragraph is completely different again. You should be sensible, if you cannot beat the odds, you give up and try to negotiate the best terms. What do you think Jesus meant? Are you prepared to give up everything? Do you have the staying power? Are you going to submit to God?
"Prayer is not an escape; prayer is the way to conquest. Prayer is not flight; prayer is power. Prayer does not deliver a man from some terrible situation; prayer enables a man to face and master a situation. So often people pray to be rescued from a situation......, to be healed from a sickness...... Sometimes, it is true, deliverance comes, but far more often the answer is that we are given the strength, which is not our strength, to go through with it.... Prayer does not provide a means of running away from the human situation; prayer provides a way of meeting the human situation." William Barclay
We are trying out new prayer initiatives to help us all to remember the great need everyone has for prayer in our lives – Prayer Request Cards. The Prayer Request Card is a pocket sized slip which will be issued monthly and available in church. The intention is that we have different special requests each month, and these will be printed on the slips, together with a prayer you could use. We ask that you then pray for these needs at home. There will also be a tear-off slip which can be left in the box in church if you have any special prayer needs yourself.
We do hope that these will be well used and an encouragement for us all to improve our prayer life.
We work closely with the other churches in Kelvedon; The United Reformed Church and the Roman Catholic Church. Every month members of all the churches meet together to pray for the villages of Kelvedon and Feering. These informal prayer meetings are held on the first Saturday of the month, each church taking its turn to host and lead the session.
We begin with breakfast at 8.00 a.m. and end at 9.00 a.m.
See the Kelvedon Parish Magazines for details of upcoming sessions.
Members of the church meet together to pray informally on the second Monday of the month, at 8.00 p.m. for half an hour. This is led by a member of the group and the meeting is held in the church rooms at St Mary's.
Everyone very welcome.
Prayer Ideas to Try
There is no right or wrong way to pray but sometimes it is helpful to have some guidelines to get you started.
Why not try this? At the end of the day