Prayer is part of the lifeblood of the church. It is one of the basic actions for any Christian and perhaps should be as natural as eating, sleeping or indeed breathing.

There is no ‘right way’ to pray, God welcomes us when we talk to him and listens to our prayers.

At the same time prayer is not a special sort of magic whereby we manage to twist God’s arm to do what we want in the world. Rather as we pray we encounter God and often find that what we want changes to what he wants.

All of the following are ways in which you can pray, and there are probably many others.

  • Coming to church and joining in the formal communal prayers.
  • Placing a prayer request on one of the boards or books in the church, these will often be offered as part of the prayers during a church service.
  • Silently listening to God. Some people find this easier to do in church others in their own homes or out in the countryside or garden. There is no special merit in prayers that are offered in one place as against another, all are heard.
  • Using a prayer book and following it on a regular basis, there are many available from the traditional Book of Common Prayer to more modern examples.
  • Using visual aids such as candles or icons to help focus your mind on God.
  • Joining one of the housegroups or prayer groups that are present in the church.
  • Asking someone to pray with you, (sometimes this is something that people can find helpful at a particular time of need)

Prayer is one of the most intimate of Christian acts and is perhaps the place where our own individual preferences are most evident. There are practices which some find enormously helpful and which others find almost impossible. I always encourage people to pray as you can and not as you can’t.