“When we began to focus on prayer, the Holy Spirit began moving in more powerful ways.” Pastor F, a Ghanaian in London, recalls how his small church quickly grew to have over a dozen branches throughout England, worship services in four languages and members of many cultures from across sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean.
Many Ghanaians in the UK come from a church background but they lack personal relationships with Christ. Many are also struggle to fit in to the mainstream culture, feel trapped by their undocumented status yet cannot return to Ghana, and experience depression.
Pastor F’s team realized spiritual hunger was not being addressed. Many churches in the UK offered either a traditional religious service without spiritual answers or a false spirituality which did not have the Truth. So Pastor F’s church began prayer meetings in which God was expected to do the miraculous and became more active in sharing the good news of Christ.
“The idea that they could come and pray, that they could have a relationship with God, who could do something for them, that satisfied their spiritual hunger,” says Pastor F. “They become less fearful because they feel protected by Christ.”
“These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion . . . but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.” (Colossians 2:23): Lord, free Ghanaians in the UK from false and empty religion. Give them a greater awareness of spiritual truth and reality.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19a): Lord, give Ghanaians in the UK greater evangelistic vision and zeal for the peoples around them.
Ask God how else to pray.
Once a week, Pastor F’s church offers lunches to the homeless. Offer a meal and bold prayer to someone in need.