This summer we are teaching on Prayer, and to help us all engage with this, we are suggesting a prayer practice to do together each week as a church. You’ll find below links to weekly resources from 24/7 Prayer which will explain each practice. We encourage you to take some time each week to pray in these ways either by yourself or in community; whether you’ve done it plenty of times before or whether it’s completely new to you.
We’d also love to encourage you to read Pete Greig’s book How to Pray: A Simple Guide for Normal People, which you can buy here.
‘The best way to start praying is actually to stop praying. To pause. To be still”
– Pete Greig
A breath prayer is a short simple sentence that can be said in one breath, and prayed throughout the day. This prayer tool will help you discover and use breath prayer.
“Play is one of the most characteristic expressions of the freedom of the spirit.”
– Paul Tillich
Prayer isn’t just for the serious requests and the heavy stuff. Like any other relationship, there is a time for laughter, and one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit is joy.
“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ.”
– 2 Cor 1:20
Praying God’s promises over our lives and situations is a powerful thing to do. This prayer tool will help you to pray God’s promises in your life.
“The Holy Spirit must have a body to pray and intercede through.”
– Rees Howells
The circle prayer is a simple activity to equip intercessory prayer. This prayer tool will show you how to do circle prayer.
“Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan”
– Psalm 55:17
Lamenting is prominent in the Bible. This prayer tool will show the significance of using lament scriptures in our own lives.
‘Sit in the companionship of God— the one who shows up and can be seen.’
– Dallas Willard
Journaling is the simple practice of writing down thoughts and prayers. This prayer tool will help you hear God’s voice as you journal.
‘‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”
– Luke 18:13
The Jesus prayer is one of the oldest prayers of the church. This prayer tool will help you begin to pray it in your daily life.
‘‘I am giving you every square inch of the land you set your foot on.”
– Joshua 1:3
Prayer walking is stepping out and praying for your community as you walk. This prayer tool will help you to get started.