For all Christians, praying is very important, because it makes their relationship with God stronger, and they believe it changes them and the world in which they live.
What is it?
Praying is much more than giving God a list of things you want him to do, although sometimes it can be like that. It is more to do with spending time enjoying a relationship with God. Asking questions, talking about your family and friends, wondering about the future, saying sorry, saying thank you, listening to what God has to say, not worrying about silence, just glad to be with Him.
Every Christian needs to pray privately, spending time alone in prayer to God.
Jesus said, 'When you pray, go into a room alone and close the door. Pray to your Father in private. He knows what is done in private, and he will reward you. When you pray, don’t talk on and on as people do who don’t know God'. (Matthew 6: 5-7)
Jesus told his followers to shut themselves in their room and pray in secret, because God hears and answers in secret! In other words, Christians can pray at any time and anywhere that gives them space on their own.
When Christians meet together, they often make time to pray. This is because Jesus said that when Christians agree to pray together about something, God hears and answers.
Jesus said, 'Where two or three have come together in my name, I am there among them'. (Matthew 18:20)
Sometimes it is just a group of friends praying for one another, or for something that concerns them. In church, public prayers are often led by one person who may read a set prayer, or pray out loud on behalf of everyone.
How to pray
Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. (Luke 18:1)
Prayer is talking and listening to God – something that is as extraordinary as it sounds. Even Jesus’s first followers needed help in learning how to pray.
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.
Click here to go to the Rejesus website and explore an interactive space for prayer and reflection online.
Pray with us
It’s difficult to learn to pray alone, and praying in a larger church atmosphere might not be for you. That’s why at Holy Trinity Church we’ve developed a number of small groups of 6 – 10 people that meet regularly to pray. The groups are led by a church member or one of our clergy team who can help you to discover prayer as a means to a relationship with God.
In our prayer groups you will spend time in quiet and stillness, focusing your attention on listening to God. There will be a group meeting at Holy Trinity Church this week; just contact us for times and further details.
Prayer Requests - Email your prayer request
Can we pray for you? Click here to fill in a prayer from and then email it to us.
You don’t need to give us the words of your prayer – just let us know what we should be thinking about when we remember you before God. Your prayer request will be held in strict confidence by our prayer team. We may contact you by email to confirm that we are praying for you, but your prayer request and personal information will not be distributed or used for any other purpose.
If you need ongoing support, the clergy are available to talk, pray with you or make a home visit. Contact us, and we will try to help as best we can.