Prayer

Prayer is about talking to God.  It is when we lift our deepest desires and sorrows to a God that we can not see but who was in Jesus Christ who came and lived among us 2,000 years ago.

Sometimes it is difficult to pray because we do not know what words to use. We can sit in silence, or we can use words that other people have written which can help us to say what is important to us.

Probably the best known prayer is the one that Jesus taught us, called 'The Lord's Prayer'.

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into a time of trial but deliver us from evil.  For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen.

Here are some other prayers that may be helpful to us.

A prayer to say 'thank you':

Dear God, thank you for giving me life itself.  Thank you for the good things in my life, for those who are dear to me, and for all who have helped me. Thank you for the measure of freedom I have.  Thank you for making me aware of you.  Keep me thankful, hopeful and useful until the end of my life.  Amen.

A prayer about peace:

Dear God, send your peace. Peace to this world. Peace to this country. Peace for my friends and my community. Peace for my family and my loved ones.

 And God, give me your peace.  And then help me to give it away,as a peacemaker to my family and loved ones, as a peacemaker to my friends and community, as a peacemaker for this country. and a peacemaker for this world. Amen

  Thank you prayer from the New Zealand Prayer Book (adapted); peace prayer from Lifewords leaflet (adapted)