Growing in prayer

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel,

Ephesians 6:18-19

New International Version - UK

Prayer is how we stay close to God and hear what he wants in our lives and in the life of our churches.

The act of prayer transforms us and changes the world for good, so whether it is done corporately or privately, nothing is more important for the life of the church than for its members to go deeper into God in prayer.

Praying can happen in many different ways and there is always scope to learn something new. Even those closest to Jesus, his own disciples, asked him to teach them how to pray.

These links and ideas may help and inspire you to explore new ways of praying and experience within you and around you the transforming power of prayer in a different way. Much of it is taken from the 24-7 prayer website, (with permission), and which is well worth a browse.

Diocesan monthly Prayer Cycle

The Diocesan monthly Prayer Cycle offers daily suggestions for people, projects and special days to remember in your prayers for each month. 

Click here for our February Prayer Cycle

Click here for our March Prayer Cycle

Click here for our April Prayer Cycle

Click here for our May Prayer Cycle

Click here for our June Prayer Cycle

Prayer resources

Here are some ideas to help with private prayer, corporate prayer and to help others pray:-

Help me pray

  • Try these books: Pete Greig’s How to pray - a simple guide for normal people, God on mute and How to hear God (coming in January 2022). Also, Brian Heasley’s book, Be Still - a simple guide to quiet times. There are hundreds of books on prayer! Find one that includes practical tips which you can experiment with.
     
  • Try using apps, for example the ‘Lectio365’ app, which helps individuals to ‘pray the Bible every day’, the ‘Inner Room’ app, which is a ‘prayer room in your pocket’, the Church of England’s ‘Daily Prayer’ app, which is a complete series of morning, evening and night prayers. There are loads of prayer apps, and most of them are free - find one that works for you by trying a few.
     
  • Search for prayer resources online, the Everyday Prayers offered on the national Church of England website are good. Simply entering search terms into Google such as ‘Creative prayer’, ‘How to pray’ or ‘How to listen to God’ should offer some helpful results.
     
  • Get creative. Try prayer walking. Try setting an alarm on your phone and praying the Lord’s Prayer wherever you are when it goes off. Try going somewhere different to pray (Jesus used a garden and a mountainside). Try silent prayer. Try noisy prayer or singing. Try painting your prayers or writing poetry.

For more ideas visit this page on 24/7.

Help us pray

There are more ideas on 24-7 for group prayer

Help others pray

There’s more inspiration and ideas on the 24-7 site.

 

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