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