What is Prayer
Prayer is simply communicating with God. If you want to know someone better you can listen to what other people say, but the best way to discover is to communicate directly. If you are inspired by Jesus in the Bible, believe he rose again, what better way to get to know him better than direct communication, which is why prayer is a central part of Christian life.
- How to pray – examples including Lords Prayer and ARRRGH!
- When will I get an answer?
- Inspiration – links to daily and weekly prayer guides
- Ask for prayer – we’d be honoured to help
- Prayer Diary
How to pray
There are numerous examples of prayer in the Bible and in Christian tradition which we can use to practice, even when we are just starting out as believers.
Father I believe, help my unbeliefMark Chapter 9 verse 24
Jesus’s closest followers noticed that Jesus prayed at lot, so they asked him for some tips. His response is known as the Lord’s prayer, a modern translation is shown here.
It is short, simple and a great prayer to weave into our daily routines.
“Our Father in heaven, Reveal who you are. Set the world right; Do what’s best— as above, so below. Keep us alive with three square meals. Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others. Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil. You’re in charge! You can do anything you want! You’re ablaze in beauty! Yes. Yes. Yes.”Matthew 6:7-13
Not all prayers are spoken, some, like the 150 Psalms in the Bible, have been sung for thousands of years and Jesus would have grown up with them. Today we also sing songs old and new in church , many of which are prayers.
Sometimes we feel so down or overwhlemed that words don’t come easily just ARRRRGH! That is also a prayer that God will listen to.
” If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans.”Romans 8:26
Meditation is a type of prayer that has been part of the Christian tradition since the early days, Jesus himself spent long periods in alone in prayer. This type of prayer is increasingly popular and mindfulness borrows heavily from this ancient form. You don’t need a wilderness or lots of free time, a 10-20 minutes pause in your day is enough.
Like any lasting relationship, prayer is a lifetime of discovery not a one shot hit, but be sure, however you want to communicate, God is listening.
When will I get an answer?
Prayer, like God, is mysterious. It is not an eternal online ordering system but a process of getting to know God. Occasionally prayers are answered immediately and miraculously and there is at least one example in the Bible of someone hearing voices when praying, but it is rare. We believe God is all powerful, but learn from the Bible that he reveals himself as a gentle quiet voice prodding and urging us to step out of our comfort zone.
This doesn’t stop us all from presenting great shopping lists of wishes to God, but he is a wise loving Father who doesn’t easily give in to pester power but can respond to our faith in unexpected ways.
Although God does understand us before we say anything, it sometimes helps us to centre and focus by having some words to follow. Here are some suggestions.
- Prayers for personal situations, family, the world etc
- Daily Prayer from the Church of England
- Sacred space, daily prayer from the Catholic church, also available as an App
- Pray as you Go – daily 10 minute audio guided meditation of music and prayer
- World Wide Community of Christian Meditation – includes weekly teachings, blogs for inspiration, podcasts, an App and even a timer!
Ask for prayer
If you would like prayer for yourself or a loved one, we would be honoured to pray with you. Please contact us through our office on the telephone ( 01473 251 630) or using the contact form and someone will be touch in a few days.
For urgent and immediate prayer, Please contact our ‘prayer chain’ Marian 404051 between 8am and 10pm or the Parish Office 251630 9am-4pm &Ruth 424121: between 10pm and 8am
See the latest prayer diary here?