Prayerful Activities

Ideas to help develop your prayer life

 

A `Five-Minute’ Pattern for Prayer from Rev. David Lunan

1

Find a comfortable, attentive position.

Quieten yourself down, and repeat a familiar scriptural text, or words from a hymn.

Remember Jesus Christ, remember His promises, enjoy His presence.

2

Sorry.

Think of all the things you’ve done wrong since you last prayed. Anything that would cause God to grieve, or your neighbour to be hurt. Apologise, out loud if it helps. Resolve to make amends. Be willing to be forgiven: and to forgive. If there are things that have caused you sorrow, bring any people involved into Christ’s presence, and seek the grace to be able to forgive them.

You don’t want anything to stand between you and God.

Christ is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin.

3

Thank you.

“Count your blessings, name them one by one and it will surprise you what the Lord has done!” Think of little things — a letter, the weather, a smile, and the big things — forgiveness, faith, hope, love, and “give thanks with a grateful heart”.

Cultivate a thankful disposition. The Christian life is our grateful response to what God has done in Jesus Christ, and is continuing to do for us.

4

Please.

“Make your requests known with thanksgiving”. We are invited to pray about people, and matters that concern us. The mystery and wonder is that God is willing to involve us in the shaping of the world. Some things will only respond to prayer.

Bring people into the presence of our Lord, just as the men brought their paralysed friend. Let Him minister to the person – with a word, or a touch.

Seek the leading of the Holy Spirit as to what, and whom, you should pray for.

Be prepared to wrestle in prayer.

Be ready to be, in part, answers to your own prayers, and to the prayers of others.

“Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, just as it is in heaven.” Don’t let your prayer life become precious or cozy. The issue is the salvation of the whole world.

5

Listen.

Prayer is conversation, an expression of our loving relationship with our Father in heaven. Primarily He speaks through Scripture, but the Holy Spirit will also be our guide and comforter. Accept His prompting, and implement His will. Rest in the Lord: enjoy God now, and forever.

General Remarks

Prayer is not another “good work”: prayer can sometimes be hard work, as well as a means of grace.

“Pray as you can, not as you can’t”. John Wesley.

“God does nothing except in answer to prayer”. Martin Luther.

“The first law of prayer is don’t lie to God”.

Keep your prayers simple; use silence. Use short sentences. Use the Psalms, and other Biblical prayers, and also learn some of the ancient prayers of the church by heart.

Let your prayer life begin as small as a mustard seed: The Holy Spirit teaches us at the pace we can move at. We learn to pray as we learned to walk, by doing it.

In the name of Jesus Christ

To the glory of God alone.

AMEN