Adoration – worshipping and praising God for who God is – the Psalms are particularly good at this
Confession (or penitence) – saying sorry to God and asking forgiveness for our sins, asking for God’s help to turn away from sin, called Repentance)
Thanksgiving – remembering to thank God for all God has done for us
Supplication (or asking) – praying for ourselves, the needs of the world, those we love and for our neighbours, bringing before God the things which concern us
Again, this doesn’t mean a certain way of praying, we can use lots of ways to help us to pray.
· Music (singing, playing an instrument, listening to music)
· Praying in groups
· Using written prayers either written ourselves or from books of prayers, or from service books
· Reading our Bibles out loud to ourselves and meditating on the words
The foundation of prayer is the Lord’s Prayer, which Jesus taught his disciples when they asked ‘Teach us how to pray’
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
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory
For ever and ever. Amen.