Are You Brave Enough To Offer Prayer?

Author: Karen Shurety

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Are You Brave Enough To Offer Prayer?

Are you a boat potato or water walker when it comes to offering prayer, asks Karen Shurety.

Jesus said: ‘He who believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater than these will he do.’ (John 14:12) Do you believe this? I came into Catholic Charismatic Renewal in 2007, after receiving the Baptism in the Holy Spirit at the New Dawn Conference.

Whilst studying as a mature student, I joined a charismatic prayer group in Cambridge, where I learned how to pray with others.

Our prayer groups are ‘hot houses’ for learning, where we grow, where we can experiment in safe spaces without judgement.

I joined Sion Community in 2010 initially as an associate member and since 2012 as a fulltime/core member. It has been a process to truly believe in my heart what I profess with my tongue.  

"Send her or him-not me!"

My response to Jesus’ words ‘greater than these will he do’ used to be: ‘Here I am, Lord. Send her or him-not me!’

Fear held me back from praying with others. We hear lies in our heads, such as ‘I don’t pray as well as the experts’ or ‘I’m not worthy to pray with others.’

I am reminded of St Paul’s words: ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is at full stretch in weakness.’ (2 Corinthians 12:9)

We cannot do anything in our own strength. Jesus’ most repeated words in the New Testament are ‘Do not be afraid’ and the most perfect antidote to fear is to be in the presence of the Lord.

For me, it is essential to carve out time with Our Lord in adoration, in daily quiet contemplation, receipt of the Sacraments, reading the scriptures, and wisdom of the Saints. These all make up the rhythm of my daily prayer life, bringing me closer into communion with Jesus and His Church.

Fruits Of Prayer

Prayer ministry is offered during Sion missions.

During each mission, people come back to the Church, and to the Sacrament of Reconciliation.So many powerful Spirit-filled encounters take place, resulting in prevention of suicide, reconciliation of broken marriages and family relationships, prevention of gang violence, and so much more.

Our world has much brokenness. Jesus calls us to love and to heal His people in response to the greatest two commandments: love God and neighbour.

We are but little tools in His hands; we make ourselves available to be channels of His grace and He does the rest. ‘Everyone who asks receives…how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!’ (Matthew 7:8,11)

A Healing Presence

Prayer is the gift of the Spirit. So often I became concerned about methods and techniques of prayer. Yet it is not I who prays, but the Spirit who prays in me. The Spirit empowers and allows us to be a healing presence.

We stand on the shoulders of giants, holy men and women who have gone before us in humility. St Teresa of Avila said: ‘Christ has no body, no hands, no feet but yours.’

Will you be His body, hands and feet? Courage is about taking a risk. Will you risk for Jesus, and will you share in the humility of the Saints? Are you a boat potato or a water walker?

Lord, your Holy Spirit is the wind and gives us life. We pray for greater supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit, greater knowledge, wisdom, understanding and counsel.

Lord, we want to come before you, open for you to provide whatever gift you want to give us, with hearts that are willing and able to receive. Jesus, come with your Holy Spirit. Amen

  • Karen Shurety is a member of the Sion Community.

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