Early in February, the Church remembers Jesus being presented in the Temple. Wise and holy oldSimeon, utters the words of the Nunc Dimittis, including ; to be a light to lighten the Gentiles and to be the glory of your people, Israel. It is the proclamation that Jesus is not simply for those associated with him, the Israelites, but for everyone else as well, the non-Israelites, the Gentiles. The 2018 Year of Prayer reminds us that prayer in the name of Jesus, like Jesus himself, is for everyone and not just for those most publicly associated with him.
Certainly clergy should pray for their people daily at Morning and Evening Prayer, but they are also bidden to ring the church bell to tell everyone that it is happening. Church bells both announce that people are being prayed for and call them to join in whether in Church or elsewhere. If you cannot hear a church bell, you can set an alarm as a regular reminder to pray. There are many opportunities to learn about praying this year, not least in Lent, which also begins this month. There is also the new electronic Daily Prayer published by the Church of England which is available to download to a computer, smart-phone or tablet.
With prayers and good wishes,