2 What is prayer? Prayer is… Communication with God Acknowledging the presence of God in our livesThe exercise of faith and hopeThe state of accepting our humility
3 What is the purpose of prayer in the life of a Christian believer? To recognise the reality of God’s presenceAdoration, thanksgiving, forgiveness, faithTo bring peace to ourselves and othersAchieve inner harmony with GodTo engage with the Holy Spirit
4 How does prayer help Christians become closer to God? Private prayer lies at the heart of a Christian spiritual lifeThrough prayer we accept our human frailty and learn more about our ‘real’ selvesThrough prayer we engage the Holy Spirit – communion of souls“Maranatha” – “Come O Lord!” (mantra)Peace – “Peace be with you” – meaning: life, joy, love
5 Anatomy of a prayerThe praise and adoration of God. All genuine prayer begins as the Christian thanks God for the world He has created and the faculties of health and strength to enjoy it.A confession of any sins committed and the seeking of God’s forgiveness (salvation)Requests to God to intervene in their own personal life or in the lives of others. Prayers for others are called ‘intercessions’. (refuge)Thanksgiving for all the blessings that have already been received from God
6 OUR FATHEROur 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.