Communal prayer draws its strength from the prayer-lives of the individual members of the community. And personal prayer draws its strength from the presence of God in our lives.
View a two minute reflection on the nature of prayer by Rowan Williams:
There isn’t one right way to pray. This page provides pointers to different ways of praying some from Methodist sources, some from the Upper Room which is ecumenical but with Methodist roots, and a few from other denominational sources.
Two helpful books on prayer are:
- How to Pray: A Simple Guide for Normal People by Pete Greig (Hodder & Stoughton, 2019). Pete Greig, of 24/7 Prayer, provides a comprehensive, readable guide to different ways of praying.
- Opening to God: A Guide to Prayer by Thomas H Green (Ave Maria Press, 2006).
This short introduction to prayer by the Jesuit spiritual author, Thomas Green, is suitable both for beginners and for more experienced pray-ers.
The Methodist Prayer Handbook is also an important resource that can be used in personal prayer.
Helpful information on prayer
God is always present, closer to us than we are to our own selves as St Augustine put it, but are we present to God? It is vital to our praying, also, to know what kind of God we approach in prayer. As Philip Yancey and others have said, there is nothing we can do to make God love us more and there is nothing we can do to make God love us less. And as John of the Cross wrote, if a person is seeking God, their Beloved is seeking them much more.
Here are some useful webpages on prayer and different ways to pray:
- What is prayer?
- Why pray?
- Prayer as being present to God
- How prayer begins with God
- Learning to pray
- Suggestions on how to improve your prayer life
Some ways of praying:
We are not all the same; there are some ways of praying that may be helpful for you and others which may not be as helpful. For you to know which ways of praying are most fruitful for you, don’t try to use too many of these at once. Choose a few, perhaps two or three, and then persevere with those before maybe trying others which may freshen your approach to prayer.
- Praying with Scripture
- Praying the scriptures, Lectio Divina
- Ignatian prayer – imaginative prayer
- Praying with images, Visio Divina
- Praying silently, Centering Prayer
- Walking prayer
- Praying with the Psalms
- Praying for others, Intercession
- Using Prayer beads
- Suggestions for ten new ways to pray (these suggestions can be used by adults too!)