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EA: Let’s persevere in hopeful prayer

In this tough week, will we keep going?


Let’s persevere in hopeful prayer

Dear friends,

If you’re feeling overwhelmed this week, you are not alone.

The week supposedly began with ‘Blue Monday’, seen as the most depressing day of the year, let alone in a time of pandemic.

Whether it really was the most depressing day of the year or not, what is certain is that we have access to a good and caring Father who promises to be with us each and every day. We can call out to Him at all times and in all seasons and bring all our needs to Him.

It’s a strange time for the UK, as we feel both sorrow and hope. We’ve experienced a record number of COVID-19 deaths reported in one day; meanwhile, four million people have now received their first dose of a vaccine. For many, getting the vaccine and seeing an end to the virus still feels like a distant hope. Let’s pray for those who feel hopeless. Let’s pray for those who face bereavement, that they would seek the God of all comfort.

Let’s cling onto the ultimate hope found only in Jesus, as we face the pain of this season. Let’s do what we can to use the opportunities before us, to serve and reach out to others with His hope. This week, Phil Knox, our head of mission to young adults, shared a great encouragement to persevere in mission, which you can read here.

You may have seen my piece on in The Times on Saturday reflecting on the last four years as a British evangelical. If you missed it you can read it here. Please do join me in praying for our brothers and sisters over the water as they welcome in a new president and a new era for the US.

Yesterday I recorded a sermon about the call to be faithful, based on 2 Timothy 2. It contains a timely reminder that despite our circumstances, “God’s word is not chained”. Do sign up here if you’d like to use it.

In the past week, as I’ve called many church leaders, I have been so encouraged in praying for them and having that one-on-one connection. Let’s keep helping one another and building one other up in Jesus.

Every blessing,

Gavin Calver

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Posted on 22 Jan 2021