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Bishop Bob wants more knee-mail
Danny Lawrence
By Danny Lawrence
BBC Radio Devon

Bishop Bob praying
Add Bishop Bob as your friend, and he'll pray for you.

The Bishop of Crediton, the Right Reverend Bob Evens, likes to be known as Bishop Bob.

He feels it's important that parishioners can talk to him, and not see him as a distant figure in the pulpit.

He asked for people to contact him on Facebook at the start of Lent and has had a huge response.

Now he's continuing to pray for new Facebook friends throughout the Easter season.

Bishop Bob hasn't had a Facebook account for long, but now sees it as a valuable way of communicating with people who need a friend.

"We thought it was a good idea because sometimes people need to feel that somebody out there is praying with them," he said.

"Prayer's not about banging on God's door and persuading him to change his mind.

"It's really about us discovering what's in our own mind, and sharing it with somebody who loves you.

"I wanted to be that person, because sometimes people feel alone."

You can know that God is there
The Rt Revd Bob Evens

People have contacted Bishop Bob to describe the difficult challenges they're facing.

One person had lost touch with one of their children following a divorce and they wanted to hold that child in love.

"I felt that very poignantly," said Bishop Bob, "because we all sometimes feel a bit lost."

Another recent correspondent was worried about their job.

They contacted the bishop to say "I've just been made redundant and I'm feeling a bit frightened about the future".

Bishop Bob hopes that in praying for them, he'll help that person discover more of what God might be wanting them to see - that they matter and that they've got value.

He's extending his invitation for prayer requests at a very significant time in the Christian calendar.

Exeter Cathedral
Bishop Bob has held an open prayer session at Exeter Cathedral.

Holy Week is all about coping with loss.

"Jesus has a week where he loses everything," said Bishop Bob.

"But he clings on in the knowledge that God his father was there with him.

"When you're entering a difficult thing, you can know that God is there with you too."

Prayer requests can be posted at Bishop Bob's Prayers on Facebook, or by text to 07812 110636.




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