All prayer is an attempt to communicate with God: we reach out to God in need or thanksgiving - we share our lives with the One who loves us.
In the church's tradition we recognise two basic ways of praying: private and public. The hour or two of public (or corporate) prayer that most believers engage in each week is only a fraction of the time they spend in prayer. A daily rhythm of private prayer is the bedrock of our faith. In the same way that we maintain relationships with our friends and family by talking with them, you should also talk to God regularly and share your life.
Praying with your family is one of the most important and rewarding responsibilities a parent or guardian can have. An hour on a Sunday morning is simply not enough time for anyone (let alone a child) to develop a meaningful and long-lasting relationship with God. There are lots of different ways to pray together and we recommend you keep experimenting until you find something that works for your family.
If you are looking for a place to start then you should check out this video (and the Strandz website generally).
If you find it difficult to pray it can be helpful to hold a pattern or structure in your mind to guide you. Using a sequence like the one below may help you to identify and engage with different needs in your life. The more time you spend in prayer the easier it will become. Hold fast to the promise of Scripture - "Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water" (John 7:38) - and use prayer to access the WATeR (Worship, Apology, Thanksgiving, Request) Jesus promised you.
Praise God as the creator of the universe. Worship Jesus as the son of God, our Lord and Saviour. Celebrate the power of the Holy Spirit.
Acknowledge what you have done and ask for forgiveness. At the same time give thought to anyone in your life who you need to forgive.
Give thanks to God for the good things in life: for opportunities, family, friends and the many blessings we enjoy in this country.
Remember the needs of others and pray for them: think of the world, the church, your country and community, your own needs. (Matthew 7:7-11)
Br Brian (Society of St Francis) has written an excellent guide to prayer which he has kindly made available to the Diocese (and so for you). Please download a copy here: Lord, Teach us to Pray.
In addition A New Zealand Prayer Book offers several services of private and small group devotion:
In the Anglican tradition public prayer is captured in regular church services. To learn more about worship and liturgy click here.
To join your prayers with Anglicans worldwide see the Global Communion's Daily Prayer Cycle.
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