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.

Daily Prayer

Blessed are the poor… not the penniless, but those whose heart is free.

Blessed are those who mourn… not those who whimper, but those who raise their voices.

Blessed are the meek… not the soft, but those who are patient and tolerant.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness… not those who whine, but those who struggle.

Blessed are the merciful… not those who forget, but those who forgive.

Blessed are the pure in heart… not those who act like angels, but those whose life is transparent.

Blessed are the peacemakers… not those who shun conflict, but those who face it squarely.

Blessed are those who are persecuted for justice… not because they suffer, but because they love.

 

P. Jacob, from Compartir, Santiago, Chile;
Reprinted in The Power and the Glory, the prayer handbook for 1987 published by the United Reformed Church in the United Kingdom.

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.