What is prayer?
Prayer is the communication between God and his children. In one sense, that is all there is to it. However, as we know prayer can sometimes seem difficult, and a little daunting, we may even feel unworthy of asking God to answer our seemingly mundane requests; we would do well to remember that God actually wants to speak with his children.
Prayer however should not always necessarily be by words alone; it should sometimes be a touching of our spirit, with the Holy Spirit of God, which leads us into relationship with the Father. This means that even when we are unable to put prayers into words, we can still open our hearts, our thoughts and our emotions to him. But how can this be, you might ask? Why would God allow himself to be pestered by millions and millions of prayer requests from people like you and me?
The answer is because prayer is a gift, a gift from God, giving each and every one of us the opportunity to address him directly. Moreover, not only is prayer a gift in itself, but God answers prayers with further gifts.
‘If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!’. (Luke 11:13)
St John tells us;
‘And this is the boldness we have in him, that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.' (1 John 5:14)
God clearly invites all of us to pray.
So always remember that the gift of prayer is a gift given out of God's love and generosity, a gift given by a Father to his children and as such as Jesus told us we need not fear him.
Why should we pray?
Because prayer brings the power of God into the situations in life that we are concerned about. Prayer is one of the ways that God in which God is able to work in our lives and in the lives of other people, and it opens new possibilities. So we can freely bring all of our concerns, our thoughts and desires, our hurts, our failures and our needs to him, knowing that he is our loving Father and he wants to hear from us.
Prayer is a very important part of the life and ministry of our parish. So if you or your loved ones would like to be remembered in the prayers of the parish please complete the form below with your name, address and brief details of why you would like to be included in our prayers.