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Prayer is …

What is prayer?

Prayer is so simple, yet there are so many facets to it.  So, we shall be exploring what ‘Prayer is…’ in this series of posts.

The aim of this series will be to help you think about what prayer is, about how we relate to God in prayer, and about what prayer means to each of us.

As I get older I am able to reflect more on prayer.  In some cases, I consciously understand things I used to take for granted, in other cases, there are new things that I am discovering about prayer.  All these thoughts and musing I will share here.

Here are a few examples of things that ‘Prayer is…’, that I will explore:

  • Prayer is … Conversation;
  • Prayer is … Worship;
  • Prayer is … Intercession;
  • Prayer is … Liturgy.

I will look at many more things, and if you have any ideas of things about prayer you would like me to explore then please leave your suggestions in a comment on this post.

What does prayer mean to you?  Has your conception of prayer changed over time?  Are you growing in prayer or are you stuck in a rut?  Let’s look forward to growing in the adventure that is PRAYER!

A Liturgy Based on Psalm 24:3-6.

When I read this part of Psalm 24 it suggested a liturgy with responses to me, like some of the liturgical psalms.  Here is the section from the psalm and then the liturgy, which could be used in corporate prayer, follows (with the responses in bold).  Please feel free to use it!

Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place? Those who have clean hands and pure hearts, who do not lift up their souls to what is false, and do not swear deceitfully. They will receive blessing from the LORD, and vindication from the God of their salvation. Such is the company of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob.  (Psalm 24:3-6. NRSV)

Lord, we can only keep our hands clean and hearts pure with your help.

Lord, please help us.

Lord, we can only worship you with your help.

Lord, please help us.

Lord, we can only watch our mouths with your help.

Lord, please help us.

Lord, help us to long for your blessing.

Lord, please bless us.

Lord, help us to long for your salvation.

Lord, please save us.

Lord, help us to be a people who seek your face.

Lord, please let your face shine upon us.

Amen.