What exactly is prayer? Prayer is not a mysterious practice reserved only for clergy and the devout. Prayer is simply communicating with God—listening and talking to him. Believers can pray from the heart, freely, spontaneously, and in their own words. It is a way of building a relationship with a personal God. And you can only do that by communicating.

Jesus also taught us how to pray (Matthew 6 v5-15) – and He’s the expert! He said we should pray sincerely, privately, simply – and he gave us a structure for this in ‘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 forever. Amen.

Some people feel that prayers aren’t always answered. The truth is that they are; but not always in the way we want. There are three possible answers to prayer: ‘No’, ‘Yes’ and ‘Not Yet’!

Prayer is also an essential part of our church services where we pray for others (called intercessions). If you might be interested in leading intercessions in church then you can find some advice about how you might do so in a guide available from the church office.

For further information speak to Audrey Scotford.