Time to Pray
Click here to spend some time in prayer with God.
Ask God for healing and support.
In times of distress and need we often call out for help. God always hears our prayers and no need is too small or great. Jesus referred to God as "Abba" which means "Dad." He asked us to do the same, to refer to God as we would to a loving Mum or Dad.
Why not pray to God now? Share your troubles and hurts with God, in the same way a child might confide to a loving parent. When praying to God, it is important to share your own words and feelings. It is also important to sit in silence with God.
We sometimes look for more "formal" words and when Jesus was asked by his friends how to pray, he taught them this prayer:
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 who trespass against us; and lead us
not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Some of the words are old-fashioned now. You may be more comfortable with this version:
Our Father in heaven, holy is your name.
Your kingdom come; Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our sins
As we forgive those who sin against us;
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
The Our Father is truly a prayer of healing and support. It asks God to give us our daily needs, our daily bread. One of the special parts of this prayer is that it asks God to forgive us our sins, our bad choices, and to give us the strength to forgive the bad choices of others that have hurt us. It also asks that we may be delivered from any present unnecessary pain or problems we face, any evils in our life. Is the Our Father a daily prayer in our own life?
People sometimes wish they could hear God speak to them in prayer. Through the Scriptures we have the opportunity to encounter the word of God. The pages of the Bible are not magic. We cannot answer our every question by opening its pages at random, yet when we approach the Scriptures prayerfully and with an open heart, God speaks to us through the text. It is the heart of God speaking to our heart. Spend some time with Scriptures every day.
The psalms offer a rich source for those finding themselves in need, and equally when we wish to offer thanks and praise. Psalm 6 is a voice of one in distress who finds solace in God.
O Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger,
or discipline me in your wrath.
Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing;
O Lord, heal me, for my bones are shaking with terror.
My soul also is struck with terror,
while you, O Lord - how long?
Turn, O Lord, save my life;
deliver me for the sake of your steadfast love.
For in death there is no remembrance of you;
in Sheol who can give you praise?
I am weary with my moaning;
every night I flood my bed with tears;
I drench my couch with my weeping.
My eyes waste away because of grief;
they grow weak because of all my foes.Depart from me, all you workers of evil,
for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping.
The Lord has heard my supplication;
the Lord accepts my prayer.
All my enemies shall be ashamed and struck with terror;
they shall turn back, and in a moment be put to shame.
In the Mass, the Eucharist, we pray for healing and support.
After praying the Our Father together, a prayer of healing and support in its own right, we pray for peace in our world. We then exchange a "sign" of peace, offering the peace of this sacrament to others.
Before participating in Communion we pray "Father, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed."