Here at Cinnamon, we are doers. We are driven to change our nation by helping churches to set up dynamic social action projects that transform their communities. We have grown from a spark of an idea to a fully blown charity in just a few years and love making the most of the incredible opportunities that God places in our path.
But we are mindful that we don’t get so caught up in running from one project to the next that we fail to see what God wants us to prioritise. Martin Luther, the leader of the Protestant Reformation, spoke wisely when he said, “I have so much to do today, that I’m going to need to spend three hours in prayer in order to get it all done.” However busy we are, prayer remains central to everything we do.
Us and Them
But the incredible thing about prayer is that it’s not just about us. Moses discovered that prayer enabled God to change both him and things around him. When Israel started to regret their decision to leave Egypt because they were hungry and thirsty, Moses prayed to God who made provision for them (Exodus 16:1-18).
Prayer is undoubtedly one of the most personal things we can do. The challenge we face is how to make it a central part of what goes on in our communities, which are essentially very secular. It’s relatively easy to engage community leaders, civic agencies, and funders in conversations about “things” we can do, “projects” we can run, and “outcomes” we can achieve.
Engaging them in conversations about prayer is a whole different matter! And yet, as Christians, it’s a fundamental part of our individual and collective faith. It’s impossible to be who we are and to do what we do, without it.
Civic Prayer Breakfasts
At Cinnamon, we’ve been grappling with how we can make prayer accessible to everyone.
Through our Civic Prayer Breakfast, we’ve been helping to put Jesus-centred prayer at the heart of our communities.
The aim is to encourage churches to visit key leaders involved in business, education, health, media, politics, policing, and community and ask them what their greatest needs are. These same leaders are then invited to join a Civic Prayer Breakfast to share these needs and pray for them. Whilst the focus is very much on Jesus-centred prayer, the whole event is held in a neutral venue and accessible to those of all faiths and none.
The idea of asking leaders in your community if you can pray for them might leave some of us reeling. But prayer is a gift God has given not just to enhance our own lives, but the lives of those around us. When we step out in faith, we just might be surprised by the response!
Prayer gives us an opportunity to enter a deeper relationship with God and an opportunity to enter into a deeper relationship with our communities. All in all, prayer is pretty amazing.
Find out more about hosting a Civic Prayer Breakfast in your area.