The Prayer Guide
Praying in families
Praying with others
Prayers to pray
Books to read
Praying on Your Own
Christians feel they ought to spend more time praying. For many of us it can remain
a good intention, with accompanying feelings of guilt. This website aims to avoid
feelings of guilt, and instead offer some practical suggestions that will help Christians
pray. These materials address some of the most frequently raised issues on prayer :
is Christian prayer?
- How can I find time to pray?
- How can I hear God speak?
- How can I control my thoughts - they
- What can I pray for?
- How should I pray? Four elements to include in daily
- I can't think what to say - what prayers
can I say?
- How can I use the bible in my prayer time?
- Why doesn't God seem to answer my prayers?
One common barrier to getting started is feeling uncomfortable or silly, wondering whether
we are praying in "the right way". Don't worry about this - God doesn't
want us to be put off coming before him and spending time with him. The Gospels tell
of how Jesus called a young child to him, and how he used this child as an example of how
adults need to come to God. This applies to our praying. We will need to
leave behind the complex expectations and perceptions we may hold about prayer and about
God and to come before Him with the simplicity and trust of children.
No marriage can be expected to flourish and grow unless the married couple are able to
spend quality time with each other and to engage in meaningful conversation, and
exploration of each others' personalities and character. So it is with prayer.
Our relationship with God, and our journey of faith is deepened by spending quality time
in daily prayer.
It matters little how we start as long as we do start! It is better
to start with five minutes a day, if five minutes is all that can be found, than to
for an hour's quiet time each evening and becoming frustrated that we cannot find the time
to do this. Do persist, and recognise that it may take a while before you feel comfortable
praying. Eventually you may find that the joy of a regular daily prayer time may be such
that without intending to, you find yourself spending longer each day in prayer.
|Pointers for Prayer : One of the biggest encouragements
to pray is answered prayer. Do keep a prayer journal and jot down some of the things that
you pray for, and after a few weeks or even days you can expect to see some signs of
answered prayer. Take time to thank God for these. This prayer journal is a record which
helps us see that answers to prayer depend not upon the words we use, but solely on the
grace of God, and to be thankful for the way that He answers our prayers.