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"Lords, brothers and sisters, Be joyful, and keep your faith and your creed, and do the little things that you have seen me do and heard about. And as for me, I will walk the path that our fathers have trod before us."

As St David’s Day on 1st March draws nearer, we might think of buying a daffodil or leek badge to put on our clothing. We might also hear some accounts about St David’s life and ministry. One of the most well-known sayings of David comes from his final sermon (see above): ‘Do the little things that you have seen me do and heard about’.

That made me think of a phrase that I have heard quite often recently, and though I understand the sentiment behind it, I don’t like it at all. That phrase is ‘at least we can pray’ or ‘the least we could do is to pray’.

As Christians we would all agree that prayer is not a little thing; in fact, it is one of our greatest privileges, duties, and delights. I believe that the words of St David about doing the little things are referring to things that are not little in terms of importance but the basic foundational things that as Christians we should all practice. Prayer should be the natural place we turn to in times of trouble, distress, uncertainty or joy. So as we think of Wales and the Welsh on or around St David’s Day, it should be prayer that we turn to first.

Can we at Waleswide encourage you to join with us in praying for Wales, its churches, and our brothers and sisters across the country? Please join with us as we pray especially for all those who do not yet know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour: old and young, women and men, rural and urban.

Can we ask you to pray for some areas of real spiritual need that are indicative of the wider need and are on our hearts? There is information about them on our prayer map. Please pray for the churches and individuals who are seeking to reach out to and win these areas for Christ, churches like Machynlleth Community Church (prayer points here).

Can you also pray for us in Waleswide, for the trustees and leadership team as we consider the future strategy for the ministry?

Prayer may be a ‘little thing,’ but it is one of the most important things, something that we can all join together in doing. May God hear our prayers and build His church here in Wales in 2018.

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