Anyone can pray at any time! But how?
Prayer is our communication with God. It involves listening, talking, and expressing ourselves to God in different ways. It’s simple, but can feel difficult. So how can we get started?
One simple pattern that might help is TeaSPoon Prayers:
- Thank you – Say some short prayers: ‘Thank you God for… Amen’
- Sorry – Take a moment to reflect on things you know you’ve done wrong. Say ‘Sorry God for… Amen.’ When we say sorry to God, he forgives us.
- Please: Ask God for anything that comes to mind.
Prayer can be as simple as that! But there are loads more ways to pray!
Here’s a pattern you can try at the end of the day…
As well as praying on our own, it’s easier (and important) to pray with other people. As a church, we gather to pray as part of our Sunday & midweek services, as well as in our Growth Groups. We also meet weekly at 5:45pm on Sundays (currently via Zoom – contact us for details) to pray together. We pray for one another, our church, our community and the world.
Reading the Bible
Reading the Bible regularly is an important way to grow in Christian faith, but it can seem a bit daunting.
It’s good to do it together with others – including on Sundays, but it’s also a good habit to get into on our own. You can start by just taking a few minutes each day. You’ll develop your own pattern, but here’s a suggestion:
1. Ask God to speak to you – and keep listening out for what he’s saying.
2. Read a Bible passage (suggestions on finding a Bible below)
3. Read some notes on the passage (suggestions below)
4. Pray – One simple pattern is Thank you, Sorry, Please (see above)
- Reduce interruptions by choosing a good time and place and turning off phone alerts.
- It can be helpful to jot down thoughts, ideas or what you think God is saying as a journal.
- Don’t beat yourself up with guilt if you miss a day – just pick up where you left off next time.
- It’s better to do something than nothing, and a great way to get to know God better.
What Bible to use?
We strongly recommend using a Bible in a modern translation – which are easier to understand and generally more accurate – such as the NIV (New International Version). You can buy one from any bookshop, including Eden or Amazon (The Bible is the world best seller!) You can also get it free on an app for any device at YouVersion.
Help with Reading the Bible:
- Try the YouVersion Bible App . It includes hundreds of offline versions of the Bible. We recommend NIVUK. It also has Reading Plans to help you explore the Bible.
- Try the challenge of Bible in One Year (even if you don’t complete it in a year!) which is available in its own App or via YouVersion above.
- Try Lectio 365 from 24-7 Prayer
- You can subscribe to a daily WordLive email from Scripture Union
- Try UCB’s Word for Today – or you can order paper versions of their notes.
If you need more ideas or help – do get in touch. We’d love to help you!