Prayer
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. 1. Thumb 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 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. Amen. 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. Contact us If you would like a prayer said for a friend or loved one or for yourself, please e-mail us at prayer@st-laurence.org.uk We do not respond to e-mails for prayer unless you ask us to.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer                                               Romans 12:12