What is Prayer?
Prayer is listening to and talking to God. Prayer
strengthens our relationship with God and through it we
are able to enter into God’s presence. Prayer is powerful
and many amazing and exciting things have happened in
communities when prayer has been central. God hears
every prayer but he does not always answer in the way
we expect or want. It is important to pray for His will to
be done and to try to fall in to a regular routine of prayer.
Many people like to pray quietly by themselves but group
prayer is also a very powerful experience.
How do we pray?
Traditionally prayer times are morning and evening, but it
is important to choose a time that is right for you. For
day to day praying, the Church of England suggests a
basic prayer structure using your hand as a model.
This is the strongest digit on your hand. Give thanks for
all the strong things in your life, such as home and family,
relationships and other support groups.
2. Index finger
This is the pointing finger. Pray for all those in your life
that guide and help you, such as teachers and
3. Middle finger
This is the tallest finger. Pray for those with important
roles such as government, leaders and monarchy.
4. Ring Finger
This is the weakest finger. Remember those who are
suffering, bereaved, ill or in need.
5. Little finger
This is the smallest finger-pray for yourself.
Many people like to use a Bible, prayer books, psalms,
candles or crosses to help them to pray.
In Matthew 6:1-15 Jesus teaches us how to pray. If you
are struggling to pray we always suggest starting with
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is 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 forever.
At St Laurence we offer daily morning
prayer in our church hall. Monday-Fridays
at 8.30am. This is a friendly and informal
prayer group and all are welcome.
If you would like a prayer said for a friend
or loved one or for yourself, please e-mail
We do not respond to e-mails for prayer
unless you ask us to.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction,
faithful in prayer