"Now is the time to reclaim the rich fullness of our faith by putting down deeper roots in prayer, study and celebration so that we can all hear the call of the Christ who comes to us, stays with us and sends us." Bishop Stephen of Ely writing in 2012
Prayer is relationship with God, the relationship that we are intended for, where we find out the truth about ourselves and where we can truly flourish and become the people God intended us to be Prayer is the privilege of the child of God and one that we hold precious
Prayer is the lifeblood of any living, breathing congregation. When we meet we pray together, for ourselves, for those around us and for the world. It is our first and natural response to any news, whether it is about something joyful or something calamitous. We pray together every Sunday, but that is only part of the story. As in any relationship, the more time we spend with God, the closer our relationship will get. week a month we have a special prayer slot at the 10 a.m. church service where someone speaks about what they will be doing this time tomorrow. This then leads into a time of focussed prayer for those involved in these areas of life, whatever they are.
But weekly prayer at the Sunday service is only part of the story. Many prize the discipline of daily prayer. To aid with that there are prayer diaries published and available on the web and elsewhere. These are produced by Churches, Dioceses and Organisations.
How do we begin to pray outside service times? How can we enter more deeply into prayer? How can we refresh our times of prayer when we find it difficult to pray? The idea of this page is that each month a new idea will be suggested to help with this battle. Over time this will grow into a resource of things that people have found useful in helping them to pray. Here are some resources that you might find helpful.
The Anglican Communion prayer diary can be found here. There are also monthly pages that can be viewed on line.
The Ely Diocese has a daily prayer spot on the front page of its website here, which includes the Anglian Communion items.
The USPG, the Anglican mission agency has its prayer page here. This can be downloaded and printed.
One organisation that many of us have links to is Christian Aid. Their prayer diary can be found here.
'Pray as You Go'
The 'Pray as You Go' app for mobile phones, is really worth a look and it is free to sign up to. Each day it provides a program or podcast which is about ten minutes long. Usually it starts with a piece of music to calm and focus the listener. This is then followed by a bible reading and a reflection before finishing with a different piece of music. It is rooted in Ignatian spirituality but you do not need to know anything about this to appreciate it.