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How do I pray?

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To pray is to make our hearts ready to experience the love of God in Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. Praying regularly will help us to develop a spiritual rhythm. A discipline of prayer changes the way that we think about our lives, because it creates new habits of heart and mind. Prayer opens us more deeply to the transforming grace of God. We enter into God’s presence, allowing the Holy Spirit to pray in us.

Whether you are a child, young person or an adult, prayer is easier than you might imagine! Millions of people of every age pray every day.  Remember that God hears every prayer—but not all prayers are answered in the way we might expect or desire: we don't always pray for his will to be done! Prayer is a discipline - it can be difficult at times, just like keeping fit, being on a diet, or keeping weeds down in the garden. Little and often is best, but don't give up! No prayer, however inadequate you may feel it to be, is ever wasted or of no value.

When should I pray?

Morning and evening are traditional times for prayer. But you can pray any time that you wish, God is always listening and ready to hear our prayers.

What do I need to pray?

You dont need anything special to pray. Some people find it helpful to light a candle, or have a cross, a Bible or an icon (Chritsian image) to help them focus and to give the time and space special significance. You don't need to kneel (you can if you want to) and you dont need to be anywhere special to pray, somewhere quiet and peaceful can help where you can have time for yourself and God.

What do I say?

You don't have to know any prayers if you want to pray - in fact, words can sometimes get in the way. Just say what is on your heart or mind, God isn't worried how you speak to him, he listens to whatever we have to say. If you don't know what to say or can't find the words, don't wory God listens to the prayers of our hearts. It can help to think about things you want to say thank you to God for, as well as the things you want to ask him for and the other people you want to pray for. If it is helpful you may wish to write down or memorise some prayers that speak to you, especially the Lord’s Prayer. You could build up a collection of favourite prayers and sayings and keep a scrapbook.

You might like to use the words of the Lord's Prayer...

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever. Amen.

Use your hand as a way to pray

Your fingers can be used to bring to mind different things to pray for.

  1. Thumb
    This is the strongest digit on your hand. Give thanks for all the strong things in your life, like home and family, relationships that support and sustain you.
  2. Index finger
    This is the pointing finger. Pray for all those people and things in your life who guide and help you. Friends, teachers, doctors, nurses, emergency services and so on.
  3. Middle finger
    This is the tallest finger. Pray for all the important people who have power in the world, like world leaders and their governments, members of parliament and local councillors, the Royal Family, other world leaders and their governments.
  4. Ring finger
    This is the weakest finger on your hand. It can’t do much by itself. Remember the poor, the weak, the helpless, the hungry, the sick, the ill and the bereaved.
  5. Little finger
    This is the smallest and the last finger on your hand. Pray for yourself.

If you would like someone to pray with you, or would like to learn more about prayer please contact one of the ministry team.