We had our prayer meeting on Saturday morning, and I want to thank all of you who attended, and all of you who were there with us in spirit and prayed at the time we were praying. I was moved by the powerful dedication and love of those who attended, and also by the prayers that were left behind written on post-it’s notes and pieces of card around the church. As an organisation, we are so blessed by your continued passion for the work we do. As supporters, your zeal re-ignites us and fuels our fire. It is so easy to reduce our work to an assembly or a club, or a thing that we do with our earthly bodies and powers. I was reminded on Saturday that our work is really about the individual child or young person, and the deep groan of longing that the Lord has to bring them into his kingdom.

One of our prayer stations was a meditation on the following verses:

Behold, I have engraved your name on the palm of my hands!” Isaiah 49:16

“I am the vine and you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit. Apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

This is not a picture of our tree, ours was a little less sophisticated! But you can see the idea.

The action associated with this prayer station was to write the name or names of a child or a young person you would like to see grafted into the family of the lord on a paper leaf (in the shape of a hand) and blue tack it to the tree. How powerful then, at the end of our time of prayer, to see the little tree in full bloom with it’s “leaves” covered in the names of children and young people!  I was reminded of the intense responsibility, but also great blessing of our work here at Christians in Schools Trust. How remarkable that the Lord should choose us to bear his fruit! I pray there will be much fruit from our schools work, and that the names of some of those children written on our little prayer tree will be some of those included in that fruit. As I took the tree down from the wall I was reminded of those young people and children we carry in our hearts, hoping and praying that the Holy Spirit will touch their lives and bring them into relationship with the Lord. May it be so.

Perhaps if you weren’t able to attend the prayer meeting, you could find your own bit of paper (maybe even cut it into the shape of a leaf or a hand) and write down the name of a child or a young person you know who you wish could know the Lord. I encourage you to keep it somewhere private but visible, and keep bringing their name before the Lord, knowing that he is faithful and loves us all so much. It may be a long time before you see any fruit, but if we do not keep an eye on the tree, then we may never see the fruit growing! Let us watch and wait, and see what wonders the Lord shall perform.

Blessings to you and those you pray for,