Prayer is a way for Christians to be with God, converse with God, understand and enter into a relationship with God.
Prayer is undertaken in many different ways. Some people pray aloud, some pray silently. Some pray alone, and many enjoy praying together in groups. Some people also use forms of Christian meditation.
Many Anglicans use the daily offices to encourage their prayer life. The daily offices (Morning and Evening Prayer) are set prayers that follow the lectionary (a set cycle of readings from the Bible) and include reading the Bible from the Old and New Testaments, including the Psalms.
Online settings of Morning and Evening Prayer from A Prayer Book for Australia are available via this link, and also on an Android app on Google Play.
How do I pray?
God is approachable. Prayer is something anyone can do. You don’t have to use complicated words or flowery language. God isn’t swayed by arguments or by length or by skill in prayer.
The Lord's Prayer, below, is a prayer common to most Christian groups. It is the prayer that Jesus taught the disciples, when they asked how they should pray. It's always a good place to start.
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever. Amen.
Most Christians know the Lord's Prayer by heart in their own language, sometimes with local variations, and it is used today by every Christian tradition. It has a place in every Anglican act of worship, and forms a pattern for prayer for Christians: