Working from Rest

(This is a reflection from the LICC Bible Reading Plan “Working from Rest”. Click here to find out more…)


“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
Six days you shall labor and do all your work,
but the seventh day is a sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns.
For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
(Exodus 20:8–11 NIV11-GKE)
The command given the most ‘air-time’ on Sinai details sabbath rest. Through it, the Lord nullifies the entire system of anxious production and the need to ‘get ahead’. Work is placed within limits. One of the results of the current pandemic is that, for many, the boundary between work and rest has become blurred. Constant emails and texts mean we never switch off. Our boundaries have been eroded.
For reflection: What limits might God be asking you to put around work?
Prayer: Thank you for the sabbath and the priority you, Lord, give to rest. Help me to honour that priority. Amen.
Sabbath rest is communal – it is offered to all sons and daughters, all cattle, all immigrants, all who have left the anxiety-driven system of Pharaoh. God’s people are no longer defined by competition, achievement, production, or acquisition. Their new identity is one of community, relationship, and rest.
For reflection: From where do you draw your sense of identity?
For prayer: Lord, please help me to recognize and affirm my identity as one shaped by community, relationship, and rest. Amen.

Prayers for Friday 26th February 2021

Father we thank you this beautiful morning for the gift of Life, for persevering us through the  night, we say thank you Jesus for a new day that you have graciously brought us into.
Thank God for the well being journey we all are in and the positive feedbacks we are receiving, for the uplifting power of gratitude.
Forgive all our shortcomings, Cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Oh Lord we commit all of our activities today into your able hands, praying and asking for your mighty hands of protection to rest on us all, lead us aright today, provide our needs today .
Jesus we ask for your Mercy and healing on all that are troubled in body, mind and spirit, please disconnect them from every alliance that will not bring you glory.
Jesus we surrender our lives and all that concerns us today, deliver us from harm and build a hedge of protection on us all
We pray for Briony and Sean , Briony’s parents and also the family of Paul Stapleton at this difficult time of grief. May your Holy Spirit comfort them.
We pray for Ferry Dukes, thank you for her recovery,  we pray that her physiotherapy will go well and for her full recovery.
Lord we bring before you Dot Hone, we pray that you will perfect all that concerns her lungs and her voice.

Thank you Father for hearing us in Jesus mighty name we pray, Amen.

Prayers Friday 19th Feb 2021.

Let us worship Jehovah, whose name alone is exalted above the earth and heavens. The God who is worthy of praises. The God whose greatness no one can fathom. The God who is gracious and compassionate. The God who is slow to anger and rich in love. The God whose dominion endures from generation to generation
Pray that through this season of Lent, by prayer and study and self discipline we may penetrate more deeply into the mystery of Christ’s suffering.
Pray that as we follow in the way of His cross and passion, we may come to share in the glory and triumph of his resurrection.
Pray that this season  of lent will be a time of true repentance, that by his grace we may turn from whatever in our lives is at variance with his will.
And walk in the way of holiness and love
Matthew 11:28,
““Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Does your soul need refreshing today? God is constantly inviting us to step away from the hectic pace of life and come to Him to find rest for our souls. Are you facing challenges in your relationships? Finances? Career? God wants to refresh you. He wants to give you rest.
Today, make it a point to be still before God. Quiet your mind of all the things on your agenda and just focus on Him. Let Him love you, let Him speak to your heart, and let Him fill you with peace and strength each and every day.
Pray this prayer :
“Father, I come to You now and give You my cares and burdens. I thank You for working behind the scenes on my behalf. Thank You for loving me and setting me free. Thank You for giving me rest for my soul and peace in my heart today in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Merciful Father , accept these prayer for the sake of Jesus our Lord. Amen

Why keep Lent? By J. John

Lent, the forty days before Easter (not counting Sundays), is a somewhat curious period in the church’s calendar. Most events in the church’s year are festivals and we happily talk about celebrating them. Lent is very different: it is a minor-key period which is never ‘celebrated’ but only ‘kept’. Some churches and Christians treat Lent very seriously, while others ignore it entirely.

Even among those who keep Lent, there is no agreement on how it should be kept. Many Christians try to give up something: for instance, chocolate, social media or television. It’s even become a period for us to try to break bad habits, almost as if Lent gives us another opportunity to retake those New Year’s resolutions!

Now what exactly is Lent about? Lent is about three ‘preparations’.

Lent is a preparation for Easter. Easter, with its message of Christ destroying sin and death through his death and resurrection, is the most exciting moment in the church’s year. Yet we can undercut this note of victory by being so occupied that, amid the frantic busyness of our lives, we carelessly stumble upon Easter. Lent provides us with forty days’ build-up to Good Friday and Easter Sunday that forces us to prayerfully ponder the death and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. As the best way to appreciate a sunrise is to be there in the darkness before dawn, so the only way to appreciate Easter is to have come to it through Lent. We as Christians are, of course, an Easter people living in a Good Friday world.

Secondly, Lent is a preparation for Existence. A fatal flaw in our culture today is that people do not know how to say ‘no’ to bad things. It is now almost a virtue to give in to every desire that comes upon us. Yet a great element in Christian morality is to be able to say ‘no’ to wrong desires. Paul, in Titus 2:11–12 (NIV), says, ‘For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives.’ Lent gives us the opportunity to practise resisting harmful and hurtful desires that will continue for life. Trivial as it may appear, a battle won over chocolate, coffee or cake at Lent may help us win a battle over lust, lying or lazyness shortly afterwards.

Finally, Lent is a preparation for Eternity. If you take Lent seriously, then these forty days can seem to be a long and often wearying season in which we never get our own way. Here, for a time, pleasures are put to one side and joys are postponed. But Lent doesn’t last. The darkness is broken by the joyful light of the glorious triumph of Easter Day. Here there is a splendid parallel with our lives. For many of us, much of our life seems to take place in what we might call ‘Lent mode’: things do not go as we hope, we do not get what we want and our joys are absent or at best short-lived. Yet, for the Christian, there is that wonderful and certain hope that however deep and hard the darkness is in our lives, it will ultimately be lifted and replaced by an indestructible joy. For those who love Christ, life’s long Lent will end one day in an eternal Easter in which death and sin are destroyed for ever.

Whether or not you keep Lent (which starts today, on Wednesday 17th February), and in what way you keep it, is your choice. But to keep Lent, thoughtfully and prayerfully, is to come into a rich and lasting inheritance. Be blessed this Lent and bless others.


Prayers Friday 12th February 2021

“Let all that I am praise the Lord. O Lord my God, how great you are! You are robed with honor and majesty.” (Psalm 104:1)

We pray that our heart shall be full of praise for our Lord Jesus Christ as we continue  in our well-being journey . He never fails, even when we are faithless, he remains faithful
“From eternity to eternity I am God. No one can snatch anyone out of my hand. No one can undo what I have done.” (Isaiah 43:13)
We are in the most secure hands of the Almighty God as we make our Lord Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
  Let us appreciate God greatly, for His  love and  kindness toward us, our household members, and loved ones. We have asked for too much, without being appreciative enough for His love in our lives. Sweet Jesus. Keep on  doing that which only You know how to do best.
  For what You can not do does not exist. Only You can hold us up when trials, sickness and disasters threaten us.
Give us the wisdom, foresight, and strength of character we need, to do what is right and good, and to reject whatever is false and contrary to Your will. May we be  doers of Your Word and not  hearers only.
Be gracious and bless us, Lord, and let Your face shed its light on us, in the mighty name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
“The Lord says, “I will give you back what you lost to the swarming locusts, the hopping locusts, the stripping locusts, and the cutting locusts. It was I who sent this great destroying army against you.” (Joel 2:25)
Lord Jesus Christ  as we continue in our well being journey, Please release recovery and restoration to all that we have lost as we believe in you.
3 John 1:2: “Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.”
Lord we pray for our well-being
Teach us to reach out to you in  our need and help us to lead others to you by our examples. Most loving God, bring us health in body and spirit that We may serve you with all our strength. Touch gently our lives  which you have created, now and forever.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayers

Yours in Christ,
Nnamdi Maduka

Prayers Friday 5th February 2021

Theme: Jehovah Is Our Helper

Text: 2Kings 6: 24 – 29
Never put your trust on man. Your help in the time of troubles (like we and the whole world are at the moment ), can only come from God.
He is able to heal us of all our diseases, & uncomfortable situations.
Ref: Psalm 121
        Isaiah 61: 1- 3
        Psalm 50: 15
        Isaiah 41: 13
        Jer 17: 5 -7
Prayer Points:
1. Thank God for His Grace on us , our families, our community, our world.
2. Confess your sins & ask for forgiveness
3. Pray for God’s mercy & healing on everyone of us all through this year
4. Pray for God’s mercy and healing upon our nation  and the whole world.
5. Pray for our children that God will keep watch over them.
6. Pray for open doors, success, and breakthrough in all our engagements
Oh God our Help in ages past.
Our hope for years to come ….
The Lord, He is our healer.
He is our fortress, shield & battle fighter.
May He fight every aspect of your battle, & heal every manner of your diseases/ sickness.
Let God challenge your challengers, liberate, and grant you victory over all your adversaries.
May He cause you to proclaim “The Lord is my God” at all times.

Be vigilant, watch, and pray always, for He hears, and will hear you, in Jesus name Amen.

He is our help in ages past, He is our hope for the years to come, Hallelujah !!!