Prayer

Introduction

Prayer is a solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God. How deeply do we all need this - how much goes missing when it is absent?

But, how to pray?

How to be still (I assume that this is needed. One may classify prayer, public or private, intercessory or confessing etc., but on a pastoral note - how does one pray?

What does it mean to pray?

- what should one say, how should one pray?

The model for all of our prayer is the Lord's Prayer. Matthew 6:9 - 13

  • Prayers Of Confession
  • Prayers Of Adoration
  • Prayers Of Thanksgiving
  • Prayers Of Intercession
  • Public Prayer

A Conversation

What is prayer, but talking to God. With any talking, there is listening i.e. true conversation, and thus it is so with God too. There must be listening, what does God wish us to do?

Prayer Is the Soul's Sincere Desire Prayer is the soul's sincere desire, Unuttered or expressed; The motion of a hidden fire That trembles in the breast. Prayer is the burden of a sigh, The falling of a tear The upward glancing of an eye, When none but God is near. Prayer is the simplest form of speech That infant lips can try; The upward glancing of an eye, When none but God is near. Prayer is the Christian's vital breath, The Christian's native air, His watchword at the gates of death; He enters heaven with prayer. O Thou, by Whom we come to God, The Life, the Truth, the Way; The path of prayer Thyself hast trod: Lord, teach us how to pray! Prayer is the contrite sinner's voice, Returning from his ways, While angels in their songs rejoice And cry, "Behold, he prays!" The saints in prayer appear as one In word, in deed, and mind, While with the Father and the Son Sweet fellowship they find. No prayer is made by man alone The Holy Spirit pleads, And Jesus, on th'eternal throne, For sinners intercedes. O Thou by Whom we come to God, The Life, the Truth, the Way, The path of prayer Thyself hast trod: Lord, teach us how to pray. James Montgomery (1771 - 1854)

One single grateful thought raised to heaven is the most perfect prayer. G E Lessing