“And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him.” — 1 John 5:14 (NLT)
Let’s face it, we all pray at times of stress and distress. We all cry out for help when the chips are down and our backs are up against the wall. As they say, there are no atheists on a falling airplane!
But when it comes to our every day life, our normal day to day affairs, our health and our well-being, and our daily struggles and our suffering, do we pray? For many, prayer is just a last resort, not something that is high on our list of priorities. And why is that? Is it because we don’t really believe that prayers are answered?
For one man, you could say that his prayers have been answered, as planning permission has been granted for the building of a national prayer monument in Warwickshire, just off the M6, and due to open in 2022. But it is far more than a monument that represents an answer to prayer for the person who came up with the idea.
Built with a million bricks, twice the size of the Angel of the North at 169 foot high, it will also contain 75,000 bricks, each of which represents an individual prayer that has been answered for people across the country.
The Christian landmark was the idea of Richard Gamble, a former chaplain to Leicester City Football Club, who said that he first had the idea for the project in 2004 after a calling from God.
Maybe it’s an answer to many Christian prayers, as we lament the apparent decline in number of Christians in the UK, with the associated moral decline in society as a whole. But more importantly, perhaps it is the answer to the unspoken prayer of unbelievers who desperately need to know that there is a God who answers prayer. Whether you are a believer or not, let’s celebrate the building of this amazing monument, and let’s stand in awe of our mighty God, and praise His Name, and give thanks that he has answered our prayers – all 75,000 of them celebrated by this monument.
And then, may we pray: Thank You, Lord, that you hear our prayers; Thank You, heavenly Father, that you have answered so many prayers. We humbly ask that you hear our prayers, and answer them, today. We ask this in the precious name of our Saviour, Christ Jesus; Amen.
If you’re struggling with unanswered or unspoken prayer, we would like to pray for you – please get in touch. As we celebrate 75,000 answered prayers, let’s ask God to answer just one more for you. May God Bless You.
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