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.

Where barriers divide…


To those who are denied the opportunity to travel freely: Lord, bring the hope of freedom.


To those who cannot move from one place to another without the indignity of being stopped and searched: Lord, bring the hope of freedom.


To those who have lost their livelihoods because of barriers and closures and checkpoints: Lord, bring the hope of freedom.


To those who are separated from family and friends, and who are unable to delight in a shared meal: Lord, bring the hope of freedom.


To those who cannot see through the divides and recognise the human in the other: Lord, bring the hope of freedom.


To those whose minds and hearts have been closed by hatred and enmity: Lord, bring the hope of freedom.


To those who are imprisoned by the past and afraid of the future: Lord, bring the hope of freedom.

 

Written by Graham Sparkes (Baptist Union GB) and Anthea Cox (Methodist Church) for Christian Aid.

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.