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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. 

Acknowledge who God by saying Hello
Confession:  We have not lived up to God's Hope
Thanks for what we do Have
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.  

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-developed prayers are from a lifetime of Prayer.  When we Pray these prayers, they ‘stretch us.’ They pull us into a deeper understanding of God’s Kingship, Love for us.  

How does this work?  When you start developing a prayer time, start with the ‘7 Minutes with God’ or use the links above for prayer.   Start with just morning prayer, and focus on making that a habit.

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

Here are some ways to get started

We have these online daily prayers that follow the Book of Common prayer.
Nothing to look up, the prayers, scriptures for each day all done for you.

If you are new to prayer, we recommend ‘7 minutes with God‘.  This has been used for years, with great success.  A wonderful way to start. 

How to Pray

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 to 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.  For  iPhone/Android, Kindle
The Bible APP
For Desktop go to “Reading Plans” for daily scripture readings

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

Useful Resources

A solid overview of the Daily Office Prayer.  They provide a Daily Office Booklet, the video explains

A great guide to the Daily Office and a very thoughtful and comforting video about prayer.

A Catholic Guide to Prayer.  Also, take a look at the video, a very down to earth video, answering tough questions.  

The Who, What, When, Where, and How of prayer.  Also a well-developed video about Journalling. 

A guide to Effective Prayer, a great way to start, similar the 7 Minutes with God. 

Top 7 Automated Daily Prayer website. All are a great place to start.

We selected what we feel are the Top 7 automation Daily Office programs/ Apps. 

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Daily Office 2019  (Follows the ACNA 2019 Prayer Book)
Forward Movement  (Forward Movement, a ministry of the Episcopal Church)
Saint Claire   (The Mission of St. Claire)
Brotherhood of St Gregory  (The Brotherhood of Saint Gregory)
Prayer Book Society (Prayer Book Society)
The Online BCP  (Online BCP)
Daily Office CEC (Automated day and reading selections)