When I get a wedding invitation I am happy. It’s always great to celebrate a brand new marriage and to enjoy a feast. I especially like the weddings where they have a big meal and then in the evening, serve bacon butties, my favourite. I want to go. No one has to compel me.

There’s a story of a deep, perilous battle siege in the Bible. People are suffering and dying from starvation. Four lepers decide to flee and risk going over to the enemy in an attempt to survive. When they get to the enemy camp it is deserted. Everything has been left. They sat, ate and drank their fill and took some of the spoils of war. Then they had a chat. “This is a day of good news and we are keeping it to ourselves. Let’s go at once and report this to the king.”

They could not keep quiet about the victory, about the feast. They had to tell their friends and share the good news.

We have been invited to enjoy the presence of Jesus, the King of kings, the King of love. And He calls us to compel others to come to the feast. Who can we tell?


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.