Prayer is at the centre of all that we do at St Matthew’s. We believe that all we can accomplish comes about not because of us but because of God. We know in our everyday lives that communication is vital and so it is with God. So, above all else, prayer is about communicating with God and enjoying a continuing relationship with him. Like all good relationships prayer involves listening as well as talking! The God of love, revealed in Jesus Christ, invites us to enter into a relationship with him. Prayer transforms us; it enables us to become more the people God created us to be and so draws us to share in God’s creative and compassionate work in the world. We discover the work of the Holy Spirit as we are open to God in prayer.
Jesus gave his disciples and through them, has provided us with a template for prayer in the Lord’s Prayer:
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.
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours
now and forever more
from Matthew 6. 9-13
But we don’t have to use special words or complicated formulae if they don’t come naturally to us – God just wants to hear from us – whether we are glad, sad or mad.
Try this prayer link from Southwark Diocese to explore the subject more. But there’s really no better alternative than just telling God how you are feeling right now!