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How to Pray

The purpose of prayer is to establish a relationship with God.

How to Pray

The purpose of prayer is to establish a relationship with God.  There are many formats of prayer, but that have a few common things. 

1) Acknowledge who God is (Saying hello) 

2) Confession:  We have not live up to God’s hope for us (and often our hope for ourselves)

3)  Thanks for what we do have (even it is a little)

4) Ask God to help us.

Prayer is not Denominational:  No matter what your background, this is an excellent place to start.   We use the Book of Common Prayer as our source.   This is a reliable place to begin.

How long will it take?  Daily Prayer takes between 15-20 minutes.

Where do I Start?  Try to Pray the first thing in the morning, in a place with a minimum of distractions, and before you check email, look at texts, etc., but after a cup of coffee.  

How is it organized?  The daily Prayer rotates the prayers through the seasons of the church (Christmas, Lent, Easter, etc.).  Each day has readings from the Old Testament, Psalms, New Testament, and the Gospels.  

Why should I read Prayers, instead of just talking to God?  Serious, trustworthy men and women wrote these prayers in the Psalms and Daily Prayer of God; their lives are a testimony.  These deep and well develop prayers are from a lifetime of Prayer.  When we Prayer these prayers, they ‘stretch us.’ They pull us into a deeper understanding of God’s Kingship, Love for us.  

How does this work?  Start with the & Minutes with God or the links above.  

What the difference between the links?  Daily Prayer is a traditional format of the Book of Common Prayer. In contrast, individual Prayer is the same readings and prayers; it substitutes the “we” with “I,” which many people feel more comfortable.

Remember:  You are praying, you can’t do it wrong, and you are reading “How to Pray,” you are already more than halfway done.  You did something, you pressed in, well done.

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Here is a great place to Start with prayer.  It is simple, can be done at any time.  If you are searching for “How to Pray” you are already halfway there. 

Most Christians will tell you that they firmly believe in the importance of spending regular time in God’s Word and in prayer each day. Yet, so many of us struggle to do this consistently. Perhaps that’s because we think this time with God has to be a
monumental, mystical experience. In fact, you can begin developing this spiritual discipline in as little as seven minutes a day.  © Thank you for NavResources for providing this.  Download as a PDF.

1/2 Minute: Preparing Your Heart

Invest the first 30 seconds preparing your heart. You might pray, “Lord, cleanse my heart so You can speak to
me through the Scriptures. Make my mind alert, my soul active, and my heart responsive. Surround me with Your presence during this time.”

4 Minutes: Listening to God (Scripture Reading)

Take the next four minutes to read the Bible. Your greatest need is to hear a word from God. Allow the Word to strike fire in your heart. Meet the Author!  

For Daily Reading Plans, we recommend the Free and powerful app from Life Church.  The Bible APP

2½ Minutes: Talking to God (Prayer)

After God has spoken through His Book, then speak to Him in prayer. One method is to incorporate four areas of
prayer that you can remember with the word ACTS.

4 Minutes: Listening to God (Scripture Reading)

Adoration. This is the purest kind of prayer because
it’s all for God. Tell the Lord that you love Him.
Reflect on His greatness.
bout Jesus.

Confession. Having seen Him, you now want to be
sure every sin is cleansed and forsaken. “Confession”
comes from a root word meaning “to agree together
with.” When we apply this to prayer, it means we
agree with God’s estimation of what we’ve done.

Thanksgiving. Think of several specific things to thank
Him for: your family, your business, your church—
even thank Him for hardships.

Supplication. This means to “ask for, earnestly
and humbly.” Ask for others, then ask for yourself.
Include people around the world, missionaries,
friends, and those who have yet to hear about Jesus

Some Short Cuts

Shortcuts: You can make a shortcut to these prayers on your phone by adding them to your home screen. They will display an Android or Apply icon. The web page will update automatically to the correct day.

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How to Pray

Usefull Links

Anglican Resources and Blog about Prayer

Episcopal Resource about How to Pray the Daily Office