Prayer is talking to God.
You don’t need to be in church to pray – you can pray at any time of day or night, from any location. God is always there and listening.
We might pray to God for many reasons:
• To be thankful for people, events, beauty around us
• To say sorry for times when we’ve not acted fairly or said things that we regret, when we’ve hurt someone – whether accidentally or otherwise
• To share worries and anxieties
• To ask for guidance
• To ask for support and comfort for another, who may be sick or grieving
As followers of Jesus, Christians believe it is important to pray often. However, prayers don’t have to be complex or long. They may be just a few words or reflective thoughts.
Jesus taught his disciples the Lord’s prayer – a prayer of praise, which also seeks forgiveness and asks that God’s will is carried out on Earth. It forms part of every Sunday service:
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 for ever.
At Holy Trinity and St Matthew’s, we particularly pray every Sunday for those who are sick or in need and those who have died. If you know someone to add to our prayers, get in touch with Revd Rob Farmer.