A PLACE OF PRAYER
Does praying seem like a mysterious practice reserved for clergy and the religiously devout?
Does prayer seem like an exercise in eloquent speech that your just do not possess?
Are you unsure how or where to pray?
If your answer to any of these questions is yes, don’t worry! Prayer is simply communicating with God – both listening to Him and talking to Him.
There is no correct or certain posture for prayer. In the Bible people prayed on their knees, bowing, on their faces before God, and standing. You may pray with your eyes opened or closed, quietly or out loud—however you are most comfortable and least distracted.
Their are lots of prayer formats, from the sublimely simple Jesus Prayer: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God and Son of Man, have mercy on me, a sinner.” to ACTS prayers (Adulation, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) or CATS for those who wish to Confess straight away. For an example of an ACTS prayer created by a member of our congregation, please click here.
We do not yet have a Prayer Stratergy – we are hoping this is something our new incumbent will help us work towards – however, we do have a Prayer Guide under construction which can be sent upon request.
The Diocese of Carlisle also have a Prayer Guide which has some interesting information within it, especially the last paragraph which tackles the difficulties of regular praying and how we might try and keep our love of praying, our love of God, fresh.
Furthermore, the Church of England has some useful advice for those wishing to pray. But, as it says at the end of this article: “Prayer activity is a discipline – it can be difficult at times, just like keeping fit, being on a diet, or keeping weeds down in the garden! Little and often is best, but don’t give up! No prayer, however inadequate you may feel it to be, is ever wasted or of no value.”
If you want to join in with our prayers this week, we would be delighted. Please see the link opposite for our Prayer For The Week. There are also links to an older format we used until December 2015: This Week’s Prayer Diary.
If you would like us to pray for you, please send a request here. Or you can visit our Lady Chapel and write a prayer request on the attached pad then pin or fold your request on our Prayer Tree which is located at the back of our church in the Lady Chapel. All prayer requests are handled in the strictest of confidence.
If you would like to try our Thursday Prayer Group you are more than welcome. It was founded by Olaugh Park (wife of Trevor Park – who was a Reverend at St Bees Priory from 1970 to 1977, retired in the village, and still delivers a thoughtful, soul-searching and heart-rending sermon).