The following message was sent to all members of the Christian Authors, Booksellers and Publishers facebook group this morning:
Friday 4th September – Day of Prayer for Christian Retail in the UK
James 1 v 5 says ‘If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God.’
During the last 12 months of life in the Christian retail trade I’m sure many have been struggling to find wisdom in amongst many fears and frustrations. I know I have! When I took this concern to God he simply called me to pray and also to encourage others to do the same. I am sure that we all individually pray about our own part in the industry and for the industry as a whole but it is a good sign of our unity to come together. I have been overwhelmed by the support this call has received and so I urge you to join with me and others in our trade to set aside time when we can all pray together.
Many of us face concerns over our future and also for the future of our colleagues, but in order for us to stand together we must first kneel together, putting aside our irritations over any decisions that have been made or hurt that has been caused; bringing our petitions to God with one voice. This is also an opportunity to bring our thanksgiving to God for the many ways he has blessed the work of our hands and rejoice with those who are thankful.
Friday 4th September has been the day set aside for this. Any time that you can find during that day to pray would be great. However we ask you to pray at 10am or 3pm in the knowledge that others will be doing the same.
If you feel this is something you would like to join us in I would appreciate if you could do the following:
- Visit https://christianbookshopsblog.org.uk/day-of-prayer/ to let others know that you will be taking part.
- Pass the word on to any contacts you have in the industry, e.g. bookshop managers, staff and trustees; sales reps; colleagues. Ask them to also visit the website and email me at dayofprayer AT christianbookshops.org.uk so that they receive all the latest information for the day.
- If you have any specific prayer requests or things you are particularly thankful for that can be shared with others joining in the day please email them to me at the above email address. I will be producing a sheet to be distributed before the day which will aid us as we pray.
- Consider whether you could host a prayer gathering, where others local to you could join you for these hours. If you can, then let those around you know either by phone, email or through the website above.
For those of you in the South East you would be welcome to join me at Ashburnham Place just outside Battle in East Sussex (see www.ashburnham.org.uk for directions!). Between 5-7pm we will be gathering in the Prayer Centre to close our day with prayer and worship. If you would like to join us for this part of the day please let me know so we have an idea of numbers.
“I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.” Psalm 16v8.