Monday April 4th
As this crisis moves into its sixth week it might feel that God is not listening. Prayer can feel a pointless exercise and somehow everything has gone wrong. In the Easter season it is easy to forget this is exactly how those first disciples felt even after the first Easter. One disciple in particular was having none of it and actually he is a bit of a hero of mine! Thomas just couldn’t believe what his friends were telling him and he wanted proof, in fact he declared unless he could put his hands in Jesus’ side and felt the nail holes he wouldn’t believe. He required the proof of his own eyes not second and third hand accounts from others. When he met the risen Lord he declares his renewed faith.
‘Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” ‘
Jesus has empowered us by his Holy Spirit. At the first Pentecost the Holy Spirit filled and equipped his disciples and the same power and presence of God is available to us too. It is the Holy Spirit who empowers us to pray when we cannot find the words. It is the Holy Spirit who gives us the strength to continue even when the circumstances seem beyond us. No wonder the hymn writer was able to write:

Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire
and lighten with celestial fire;
thou the anointing Spirit art,
who dost thy sevenfold gifts impart.

Thy blessed unction from above
is comfort, life, and fire of love;
enable with perpetual light
the dullness of our mortal sight.

As you pray today why not ask God to fill you with his Holy Spirit as you pray. We pray too that God will inspire us to lift our eyes and hearts to see beyond our circumstances.