Prayer

 

Prayers are an important part of our relationship with God, from the intercessions that we share together at Church through to our personal prayers that we say at home, at work and at rest.

 

God hears all our prayers - but not all prayers are answered in the way that we expect or desire.  May be we don't always pray for his will to be done!

 

In day to day prayer, we do come closer to God.  It helps us experience his love for us and begin to make sense of where we are in the world and all that is happening around us.

 

If you are unsure where to start, here is one way way to begin.

 

Use your hand.  Each of your fingers can be used to bring to mind different things for which to pray.

 

Thumb

This is the strongest digit on your hand.  Give thanks for all the strong things in your life, like your home and family, relationships that support and sustain you.

 

Index finger

This is the pointing finger.  Pray for all the people and things in your life who guide and help you.  Friends, teachers, work colleagues, health workers and so on.

 

Middle finger

This is the tallest finger.  Pray for all the important people who have power in the world, like world leaders and their governments, members of parliament and local councillors, the Royal Family, other world leaders and their governments.  The news can be a useful source of inspiration.

 

Ring finger

This is the weakest finger on your hand.  It cannot do much for itself.  Remember the poor, the weak, the helpless, the hungry, the sick, the ill and the bereaved.  The international, national and local news can be a useful source of inspiration.

 

Little finger

This is the smallest finger and the last finger on your hand.  Pray for yourself.

 

Remember, prayer is like exercise, it can be difficult at times, so little and often is best and don't give up!  No prayer, however inadequate you may feel it to be, is ever wasted or of no value.

 

One thing which can help is to build up a collection of favourite prayers, poems, sayings and pictures - anything that speaks to you.  To help you get started, the St. Benedict's website contains a collection of prayers, including the St. Benedict's Prayer Book, the Prayer of St. Benedict and the Lord's Prayer.  Each month, we also produce a booklet with prayers for each day; you can find them here (Daily Prayer) 

 

Our Useful Links page provides links to selection of websites that offer a wide range of books on prayer and those containing prayer anthologies.

 

We also have a Quiet Prayer group that meets on a regular basis.  Details can be found in our weekly newssheet and in the St. Benedict's Diary.

 

If you have any questions relating to prayer, you should contact one of our Ministry Team.   They will be happy to help you.  Also contact them if you would like us  to pray for you or for someone that you love.