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Five Fingers of Prayer

The Thumb - The Nearest To You:
Begin your prayers by praying for those closest to you. They are the easiest to remember. To pray for our loved ones is, as C.S. Lewis once said, a "sweet duty."

The Pointing Finger - Our Teachers:
Pray for those who mentor, instruct and heal. This includes teachers, doctors and ministers. They need support and wisdom in pointing others in the right direction.

The Tallest Finger - Our Leaders:
Pray for the prime minister, presidents, leaders in business and industry and administrators. These people shape our nation and guide public opinion. They need God's guidance.

The Ring Finger - Our Weakest (as many a piano teacher will testify):
It should remind us to pray for those who are weak, in trouble or in pain. They need your prayers day and night. You cannot pray too much for them.

The Little Finger - Our smallest:
Which is where we should place ourselves in relation to God and others. As the Bible says, 'The least shall be the greatest among you.' Your pinkie should remind you to pray for yourself. By the time you have prayed for the other four groups, your own needs will be put into proper perspective and you will be able to pray for yourself more effectively. Should you find it hard to get to sleep tonight; just remember the homeless family who has no bed to lie in.

Author and original source unknown - from John Traver.

Continued Prayer for Healing

Praise the Lord for His mercy as news that Gospel Manna’s Community Choir singer, Vanessa is improving in health slowly but surely.

We have heard from Beverly Myers and look forward to the day she re-joins the community choir.

Today, I have heard from Karen Silver who, praise the Lord, is back to work and although healing is still in progress, is hoping she will be certifiably back to full health in two weeks time.

We will continue to praise the Lord for answered prayer.

17 March 10

Praises for our past!

When we look back and see how the Lord has led us through 2007, we can only look forward to 2010 with the greatest of expectations!

Our prayer of praise is that God will continue to bless Gospel Arts Manna and each one of its members, supporters and friends who continue to bring GAM before the Lord in prayer. Please do not weary in this great work that you do as we could not survive without your support and your prayers.

Over the last six years we have seen Gospel Arts manna develop from an internet support for churches to outreach program for the communities both local and abroad.

I have seen many students walk in for the first time and tell me they cannot sing but would love to try and sing gospel, become solo singers in their own right... Only God could have done this work and it is a wonder to be close to watch it all happen!

Praise the Lord!!
12 October 2009

What an Opportunity!

Gospel Arts Manna has been given a contract to work in Hemel Hempstead School to teach all year 7s to sing gospel.

What a wonderful opportunity to share the words of the Lord through music.

Praise the Lord! Why? Because...

Not only will 180 children hear and experience the joy of singing gospel but they will be performing it to their primary school classes and their parents AND they will also be performing to their senior peers from years 8 to 11.

6 June 08

Community Members

Gospel Arts Manna has been specially requested to pray for three members from the community:

Geof Hart - has been recently diagnosed with lung cancer. Please remember him in your prayers - Tues, 16 March.

Roy Boulter - may have kidney cancer, he has just the one kidney and will have to wait for the test results to come through, so please remember him and his family in your prayers - Tues, 16 March.

Jo Gilbert - who has recently lost her mother who died of a broken heart after the loss of her husband 7 months ago. The loss of both parents in such a short space of time is bearing heavily on those family members left behind, please remember Jo and her family in your prayers - Tues, 16 March.

Gospel Arts Manna have been asked to remember two community members in our prayers this week:

Barry - is a gentleman who is battling with prostrate cancer and has just discovered that it has spread to his pelvis. He needs to find the strength to eat and fight this illness - Tues, 18 May.

Kenny - has been made redundant for the second time and has in the meantime been battling with marital problems and depression. He has a job in the pipeline and we have been asked to pray that a job offer is made to him soon - Tues,18 May

Praise the Lord! We received news this morning that Kenny has received a job offer letter this morning - Wed, 19 May.
24 May 2010


Praise the Lord for His never-ending mercies towards us.

We have just been offered premises in the oldest building in Watford to set up Gospel Arts Manna.

Praise the Lord for His goodness and unfailing mercies towards us.

We also are thankful to the owner, Gary Heather for following the promptings of God and calling us to offer us his building for use.

Praise the Lord and may God truly bless Gary and his business.
24 April 2009


The trip to Rome in October was a success, Praises to God!

Our first concert at the Pantheon... WOW what a superb building! People travel for thousands of miles to sing in that unique place.

With 3 concerts a day of worship and praise, classics, contemporary & gospels, the week went by very quickly but many people were touched and moved to tears. It was awesome to feel God’s Spirit move around such a building and to even momentarily ignore the conductor... I hope Nigel Swinford will forgive me... just to freely worship and bask in God’s glory.

God is so amazing with His desire to use those who are willing...

The New English Orchestra was invited to take part in the Pope’s visit to London in September 2010.

With choir and orchestra of over 100, Nigel Swinford and his team went forward with our prayers for the Holy Spirit and God’s wisdom to help them coordinate and execute this great and magnificent opportunity to witness to thousands.

Many expressed that they felt a special blessing during songs that were ministered during the visit. It was a pleasure to be used to witness in this way.
September 2010

M.E. Sufferers

Father God
We just want to pray for the M.E. sufferers around the UK and indeed the word. It is still very difficult for doctors to diagnose and so many are going undiagnosed or are receiving the incorrect treatment for it.
We ask that You will be with Stacy who suffers with this illness and bring her into Your healing. We ask this in accordance with Your will and through Jesus’ name.
December 2010

Choir Gowns

We are asking for readers to prayer for Gospel Arts Manna as we come into our 8th year and especially prayer for the Gospel Manna Community Choir as we come into our 4th year.

We would like to request special prayer as we are hoping to be in a position to acquire choir gowns for the various types of programs we cover. Our clients have often asked us if we can wear gowns and in the past we have been able to borrow them, but many times we have not.

We ask that you would pray with us that we can get the gowns before our first choir appointment in February 2011.

Thank you


Our gowns arrived and just in time for our first monthly appointment. Trust in God and He will provide all your needs.
February 2011

Thanksgiving II

The Lord continues to bless. We are truly thankful that one of our ladies who came from the community has asked to know more about the Bible. To us, this is no small thing and so we are giving thanks.
March 2011


Please join us as we pray for one of our ladies. Comfort is awaiting test results and we are praying that whatever the results, she will have the strength to trust that the Lord will not give her more than she can cope with. We pray that she will be at peace with the results.
March 2011

Bro Beckles

Today was the funeral of Mr Philip Beckles. Many gathered at Stanborough Park Church to show their respect for this man who lived an exemplary life. We continue to pray for those he left behind; his wife, two daughters, two sons-in-law and three grandchildren.
28 March 2011

Vyv’s Family

OOne of our choir members’ experienced a challenging week having her cousin and grandmother pass away and her mother having taken a bad fall. Please remember Vyvyan and her family in your prayers.
30 March 2011


Our thoughts are with one of our young people who will be going for extensive surgery next month. Agnes is quite anxious and so we ask that she will experience the peace that only comes from One source.
March 2011

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