Praying with Jesus beneath the Olive Trees of Gethsemane

Like millions before and since, I have visited the olive trees of Gethsemane, a place made holy by the intensity of Jesus’s suffering as He watched and prayed there on the eve of His passion. Almost all of us who are reading this are those whom the Scriptures... read more

The Power of Prayerful Pondering

One night in the mid-1960s, Jackie Pullinger, a classical musician, had a dream: “I saw a vision of a woman holding her arms out beseechingly as on a refugee poster. I wondered what she wanted – she looked desperate for something . . . Then words moved past,... read more

The vital role of radical prayer in the affairs of State and history

(A vital intercessory campaign that made the Queen’s reign possible.) One way and another, the nation has spent much time this year reflecting on the Queen’s long and noble reign. None of this would have come about, however, had not Edward VIII abdicated his... read more

Into Your Hands: Praying for people in distress

In all our distress You too are distressed, Lord, and the angel of Your presence saves us. In Your love and mercy You redeem us; you lift us up and carry us all our days . . . Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you Earth; burst into song, you mountains! For the Lord... read more

Growing our prayer muscles to enable us to pray for wider matters

Whether as the result of watching the news, reading prayer bulletins, or simply being concerned for needs we come across, there can be so many, and such big, prayer-worthy topics and situations that we feel we ought to be praying about. But if we were to try to pray... read more