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Who can I pray for?
Pray for yourself;
for those you love or know;
for those you do not know;
for those you do not love;
for those who do not love you;
Pray for anyone and everyone!
What can I pray for?
Pray for healing;
Pray to complain;
Pray for anything and everything!
Where can I pray?
Pray in church;
In your house;
In the shower;
While driving (just don’t close your eyes)
Waiting for the bus
Pray anywhere and everywhere!
When can I pray?
Pray in the morning;
At lunch time;
At break time;
In the afternoon;
In the evening;
Pray once a minute, once an hour, once a day, once a week , once a month or even once a year (but we don’t think you could go that long!)
Pray any time and all the time!
Why should I pray?
Pray to let it out (don’t bottle things in);
to feel there is someone there - and hopefully to know there is someone there;
to feel hope;
pray together to feel part of something bigger;
An individual Christian’s life and a church family’s life is incomplete without prayer
What have you got to lose?!
How can I pray?
Try this for starters:
‘God, it’s me. I’m not sure what I should be saying or doing right now. You know what is inside me. You know my fears, my needs and my failings. I pray that you will be with me, comfort me, guide me and help me. Amen’
Then wait a while in silence if you can and just listen… Don’t lose hope if you don’t think you have received a prayer, just stick with it and you never know…
Developing the prayer life of the church.
Emma Wylie, Sandra Evans, Karen Flack and Gemma Stock (our curate, who is on maternity leave) are seeking to develop a culture of prayer in the life of the church.
“It is important that prayer is a central part of our church culture and held as part of our Christian commitment. Prayer needs perseverance, we need to keep prayer as a focus point to sustain our varied ministries.”
More creative ways of corporate prayer are being used during services as part of our intercessory prayer life.
“Perhaps the image of a tree is a great one to use for prayer.”
Neighbourhood Prayer Network
Why not pray for your road, so far only Burges Road, the YMCA on Ambleside Drive and Durham Road are shown on the website as being prayed for.
I believe with all my heart that this grassroots prayer network in neighbourhoods,is part of the key catalysts to ignite the ﬁres of revival and transformation that is about to erupt within the British Isles in our life times.
Jonathan Oloyede, Founder, National Day of Prayer
“We live in times where with the click of a mouse, we can communicate half way around the World, and yet most of us do not know our neighbours living on our own street.”
Prayers for week ending 25 April
Our church and our parish
We pray especially this week for .....
Why not try walking down the road you are praying for either physically or virtually, maybe with someone else. What people or issues do you feel God is prompting you to cover in prayer.
Please pray for Jo and Mike Buss and their family as they look urgently for a new home and take this time to lift up all those in a similar situation in our parish and beyond.
As Cafe Hub returns please pray that this will be a place of warmth and welcome, a home from home where we can share the love of Christ with our community
In the light of the news of another young family losing their home in a fire this week please pray for that family, for all in our town who have been affected by loss and for the emergency and support services that help them deal with that.
As the nation approaches the general election in a climate of mistrust and uncertainty let's pray for a spirit of hope, not fear, of wisdom and consideration rather than reaction. Let us pray that people will value their hard earned vote and engage in the political process in a fresh and prayerful way.
Our wider church
Following the 1 year anniversary of the abduction of more than 200 Nigerian girls from their Christian school, we pray with our brothers and sisters in Christ for these girls and their families and for the 2000 other women and girls who have been abducted in the same way since the beginning of last year. Let us pray for children of the church who are persecuted in whatever way for standing up for their faith.
Pick up a national newspaper, watch the news, google some different news agencies and spend some time with God listening to what he is laying on your heart - what jumps out at you,what returns to your mind through the week?
Our prayer practice
Taking the Lord's Prayer why not focus on the first line?
Reflect and pray about our relationships as children of God, what it means to be brother and sister to one another and have God as our father.
Opportunities for Prayer at Christ Church
During the past year there has been an even greater attempt to ensure that every aspect of church life is covered by prayer. This takes a number of different forms.
A weekly prayer guide is published in the notice sheet
Prayer ministry is available following the 10.30am services
Our aim is that all church members and visitors will feel comfortable in asking others to pray with them in order that they may receive all that God has planned for them and also to encourage those praying.