Prayer"Lord, teach us to pray."
That request was put to Jesus by his own disciples - which should encourage us if we feel we don't know how to pray. They needed help, and so do we, especially at troubled times such as these.
But there isn't just one right way to pray - what works well for one person may not for another. The following thoughts are offered just as guidelines which may be useful:
When we pray we come before God with the world on our hearts. We are also offering ourselves to be in some small way channels of love and peace in God's world.
God already knows what is in our hearts and minds. We can be honest with God, and say exactly how we feel, or even just sit in silence.
It might help to find a quiet space. You may want to be on your own, but you may also find that it helps to join other people, who may be gathering to pray in local churches, but also in schools, workplaces and elsewhere.
You may find that you can say just what you want to, using your own words. But many people find it helpful to use written prayers. This site provides a number of prayers for different people and situations as well as some simple forms of prayer for use at different times of the day.That request was put to Jesus by his own disciples - which should encourage us if we feel we don't know how to pray. They needed help, and so do we, especially at troubled times such as these.
* The above information was found at invitationtoprayer.org.
Here at The Church of the Good Shepherd, we provide two mid-week opportunities for prayer with others: Intercessory Prayer held each Wednesday at 6:30 a.m. in the sanctuary and Practicing the Presence held each Thursday afternoon at 1 p.m. in Room 7.
Here are some prayers for various times of day:
A Prayer Before Meals
A Morning PrayerBe present at our table Lord.may feast in fellowship with thee. Amen.
Be here and everywhere adored.
These people bless and grant that we
An Evening PrayerInto your hands, O Lord, we commend ourselves this day. Let your presence be with us to its close. Strengthen us to remember that in whatsoever good work we do we are serving you. Give us a diligent and watchful spirit, that we may seek in all things to know your will, and knowing it, gladly to perform it, to the honor and glory of your name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. ~ Galasian Sacramentary
O Lord, who has pity for all our weakness, put away from us worry and every anxious fear; that having ended the work of the day as in your sight, and committing our tasks, ourselves, and all we love into your keeping, we may, now that night has come, receive as from you your priceless gift of sleep; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. ~ Canadian Prayer Book