How to Pray

Seven Simple instructions

  1. Talk . . . to God
  2. Talk . . . to the member of the Trinity you most identify with: God/Father/Creator, Jesus/Son/Christ/Redeemer, Holy Spirit/Power.
  3. Listen . . . Sometimes just sitting in quiet can help us feel the presence of God.
  4. Observe Silence. . . Silence is not easy. It takes getting used to. Start by sitting comfortably and upright. Begin paying attention to your breath. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Try to sustian the breathing out so you empty and clear your lungs before breathing in again (it clears and strengthens your lungs). Just by doing this simple exercise before you know it you have already spent a minute or two in silence. Way to go! Try expanding that time to 5 or 10 minutes. To sit and do nothing but breathe is to remember that God loves us just because we are.
    Let distracting thoughts come and go through your mind. If thoughts come that present some seriousness pay attention to them. They may be God using your own imagination to get a message through to you.You might also use a line form scripture in this kind of prayer–thinking about the first part of the line as you breathe in and the second part as you breathe out. Listen for what this repetition may be telling you about your life and your relationship with God.
  5. Pray with Others . . Liturgical Churches are places where everyone prays together, even if the priest or pastor is the only one speaking. Even then the people have a line which is “Amen;” it means “so be it!” Participate. Say the amens. Pay attention. But do not try to “work” the liturgy too hard. Allow it to “work” you over time.
  6. Pray with others even when you are alone . . . Web sites provide opportunities to say the Daily Offices of Morning and Evening Prayer and to read the daily lessons that cover most of the Bible over a two year period. You may be accessing these sites alone but millions of others are doing the same thing. Daily Offices can be foun on the Mission of Saint Clare website.
    You can also read the Sunday lessons every week and pray the Tweekly collect. A schedule of the readings can be found on the Lectionary Page.
  7. Read Prayers out of a Book . . . The Book of Common Prayer not only has the Eucharistic services, Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals, Ordinations and the long daily prayers but simple short daily prayers, too (see pages 136ff). It has all the Sunday collects (pages 159ff); all the psalms (pages 585 and following); and prayers for just about any issue or concern (pages 814 and following)