Prayer

Thy Kingdom Come – Light up Suffolk

It is a privilege for Lightwave to be able to facilitate Thy Kingdom Come as an ecumenical event across Suffolk this year.

Thy Kingdom Come is a global wave of prayer calling all Christians to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus Christ.  This is an opportunity to pray together between May 21 and May 31 2020.

We believe prayer makes a real difference, and, especially at this time, we’d love to pray with you for God’s blessing on Suffolk. Join us and light a candle, pray together, and light up Suffolk in prayer.

Light a candle in your window

Light a  candle in your window every evening, say a prayer and invite friends to do the same. Please visit the Lightwave website for resources and download the colour-in poster here, colour in our poster template, or even better, create your own and put it in your window.  Follow us on Facebook here.

 

What is Prayer – How do I pray

To pray is to make our hearts ready to experience the love of God in Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. Praying regularly will help us to develop a spiritual rhythm. A discipline of prayer changes the way that we think about our lives, because it creates new habits of heart and mind. Prayer opens us more deeply to the transforming grace of God. We enter into God’s presence, allowing the Holy Spirit to pray in us.
Services like Morning and Evening Prayer, Prayer during the Day, and Night Prayer are designed so that they can be said by individuals or in a group.

But we may often wish to pray by ourselves as we try to share in Christ’s prayer to his Father. Whether you are a child, young person or an adult, prayer is easier than you might imagine! Millions of people of every age pray every day.

Remember that God hears every prayer—but not all prayers are answered in the way we might expect or desire: we don’t always pray for his will to be done! Prayer is a discipline – it can be difficult at times, just like keeping fit, being on a diet, or keeping weeds down in the garden. Little and often is best, but don’t give up! No prayer, however inadequate you may feel it to be, is ever wasted or of no value.

When should I pray?

Traditionally, prayer times have been morning and evening, but you can choose a time which is best for you. It helps to be somewhere quiet, where you can have some time for yourself.

What do I need?

You might like to set up a special place in which you pray regularly. You might also place an open Bible, a cross, a candle, prayer beads, an icon or another picture, to give the time and space special significance.

You don’t have to know any prayers if you want to pray – in fact, words can often get in the way. But you may wish to write down or memorise some prayers that speak to you, especially the Lord’s Prayer. You could build up a collection of favourite prayers and sayings.

The Lords Prayer – Taught to us by Jesus

The Lord’s Prayer Traditional Form
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 that 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

Do I have to kneel?

Kneeling is the traditional posture for penitence and standing for praise, but you can pray anywhere – walking, standing, sitting, whatever feels comfortable.

Structure

Sometimes we need to offer ‘arrow prayers’, asking for God’s immediate help in a particular situation. But thankfully we don’t live all our lives in moments of extreme crisis. What about day-to-day praying?

Use your hand as a model

Your fingers can be used to bring to mind different things to pray for.

Thumb
This is the strongest digit on your hand. Give thanks for all the strong things in your life, like home and family, relationships that support and sustain you.
Index finger
This is the pointing finger. Pray for all those people and things in your life who guide and help you. Friends, teachers, doctors, nurses, emergency services 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.
Ring finger
This is the weakest finger on your hand. It can’t do much by itself. Remember the poor, the weak, the helpless, the hungry, the sick, the ill and the bereaved.
Little finger
This is the smallest and the last finger on your hand. Pray for yourself.

Find a prayer that speaks to you and meditate on each word one by one

For instance the Jesus Prayer: ‘Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner’.

Read a psalm

The Common Worship Psalter gives prayers after each psalm.

Use a prayer book

Time to pray or The book of common prayer to give you some ideas, or use its prayers as a basis for your own.

If you would like the Ministry team to pray for you, a friend or loved one please contact us