Not a single one of us here can make God do anything and prayer is not about telling God what we want him to do but is perhaps more us expressing a desire to want to conform more to what God wants for us and from us – so prayer is as much about listening.  

 

Here is a helpful rubric

 

ACTS

A – adoration:

words of praise to God, sometimes the poor relation in our prayers.

C – confession:

acknowledging our own sinfulness and that of all humanity – the Paris bombings spring to mind.

T –  thanksgiving:

simply saying thank you to God for the blessings of life we often take for granted or for the positive stories we are aware of where the hand of God has been at work.

S – supplication:

asking for things from God.  Comfort, hope, strength, peace, healing, intervention for others and for ourselves.  

 

Here are some of the opportunities to do so in company with others here at St Michaels.   Where two or more are gathered I am there Jesus said. 

 

Tuesday to Saturday morning starting at 8 a.m. 2,3 4 sometimes 5 or 6 people gather together and do morning prayer.

This is open to anyone.  It has a structure that includes bible readings, a psalm and prayer – usually led by one person, spoken invariably.  It’s a good way to start the day.

 

Wednesday afternoons at the vicarage starting at 3.30pm there is Christian meditation – a different form of prayer.  As many as a dozen people have attended at any one time.  This too is open to anyone.

 

On the second Friday of every month at 2pm another prayer group is hosted in church.  Often prayer is of a spoken form sometimes focussed on a specific subject.