The suggestions here provide some ways to get started with prayer.

Some use familiar words, objects or ideas as starting points. Others take traditional prayers and build ideas for prayer around them.

We hope you find something to provoke, to interest and to get you started. You're welcome to contact us with your ideas and suggestions, and to tell us what really worked for you, and what didn't.

Put on the desk in front of you some medicine or pain relief tablets, a lighted candle, a cross, your house keys and a newspaper.

Look at: The medicine or pills in front of you.

Consider: The people of Gaza who are desperately short of all medical aid.

Pray: Jesus, my Lord, your ministry always features healing, forgiveness, new life.  Be the healer now at work throughout the ruins of Gaza.  Move among her wounded people, bringing healing to broken bodies and shattered spirits, rescuing from despair and restoring hope.  Bring wholeness to every person… for only You can.

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Look at: Your house keys.

Consider: The people of Gaza and Israel long for security: to be safe within their own home.

Pray: Jesus, my Lord, you tell us that ‘in the world you will have tribulation but be of good cheer for I have overcome the world.’  Be the overcomer now. Take away the chronic fear, hatred, mistrust and insecurity… for only You can.

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Look at: Your lit candle.

Consider: The whole of the Middle East boils with claim, counter-claim and accusations of bias.

Pray: Jesus, my Lord, you are truth indeed.  You say ‘The truth will make you free.’  Chase away the lies and distortions swirling around us.  Hold us to the truth, even with all its awful pain.  Then breathe into everyone its freedom… for only You can.

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Look at: Your cross.

Consider: There is a small Christian community in Gaza, mainly Orthodox and Baptist; a hospital with 80 beds run by the Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem; plus many other Christian projects.

Pray: Jesus, my Lord, your witnesses are often few but you say ‘Be of good cheer, little flock.’  May your people stay utterly faithful in their witness, their words, their deeds and their prayers… for only You can sustain them.

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Look at: Your newspaper.

Consider: Gaza and her children are always in the news because there is so much devastation there, crying out for reconstruction and reconciliation.

Pray: Jesus, my Lord, you ‘make all things new.’  Give wholly new visions and politics to the Middle East, built on your call to justice, truth and mercy.  Yes, Lord, make that region new… for only You can.

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Look at: Your own hands.

Consider: All that lies within your grasp.

Pray: Jesus, my Lord, help me so to serve you, that I may be part of the answer to my prayers.  Use my skills, however small or scared I feel.  Help me make a difference… for only You can.

Lord of all, hear my prayers.  Amen.

 

 

Written by Rev Nichola Jones (Methodist Church) for the 2009 Christian Aid Lent Pilgrimage: "Journey to Jerusalem"

 

The Lord's Prayer (Contemporary)

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen.

The Lord's Prayer (Traditional)

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

A Prayer for the Church

O God, in whose sovereign power rests everything in heaven and earth, take hold of your church today that, in every parish in this Diocese, we may be led humbly in the paths of holiness and boldly in the ways of witness, that many may be found as new disciples of Jesus Christ and learn to live joyfully in the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.