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 emergency services.
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
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
If you would like a prayer said for a friend or
loved one or for yourself, please e-mail us at
We do not respond to e-mails for prayer unless
you ask us to.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction,
faithful in prayer