There’s a joke about a young man who would not take his headphones off, even whilst he was having his hair cut. Once, whilst at the barbers, he fell asleep. The barber carefully removed his headphones to cut his hair, but also sneaked a listen to what was playing. “Breathe in, breath out, breathe in, breathe out…” was what he heard. He quickly placed the shells back over the young man’s ears.
Our bodies refine the oxygen we breathe to give us ignition, power, energy in our muscles. We need to keep breathing to produce this power; power to live by.
When Jesus told Nicodemus in John chapter 3 “You must be born of water and Spirit”  (John 3:16) he was emphasising the vital essence of our life in God. We have no power without breath, we have no life without the Breath of Life – the Holy Spirit of God.
When a baby is born, we rejoice that it draws breath and cries. Baby is alive. Rejoice! Born of His Spirit, we constantly draw our vital breath in God. He is our energy, our power to live. We are alive in Him! Breathe in, breathe out…

There’s still time to get involved in catching the wave, it’s not too late to get started. If you want a book there’s still some available from Fulwood Free Methodist Church. There’s also an option to get the daily prayer thoughts delivered to your email via our friends at trypraying via this link. Enter your name and email address and you’ll be subscribed to the list once you’ve verified who you are by clicking on a link in the email they send you.

These 40 days of prayer are part of our Focus on 40 as we look forward to celebrating our 40th Anniversary as a community this next weekend. We don’t want to just be looking back on the 40 years that have already been, we want to be looking forward to the next generation and all that God has planned.