Making a Habit of Prayer
The Greek philosopher Aristotle said "We are what we repeatedly do” - it is our habits that determine the kind of people we are.
During September we want to challenge the whole church community to get into the habit of praying every day by committing to a routine of praying at particular times each day and to thanking God before meal times.
While it’s important to maintain a flexible and spontaneous element to our prayers, a regular routine like this helps keep us on track when we don’t ‘feel’ like praying. It’s a discipline which gives shape to the day and which keeps us focussed on God, and after a while it becomes a habit.
Christians in every generation have discovered the richness of regular prayer, and we want to invite everyone to take the plunge and to give it a go.
So we want to invite you to committing to praying regularly at
8.30am, 12.30pm & 5.30pm.
It may be that your routine makes these times difficult, in which case do find your own pattern - but once you have chosen it, the key is to make it a priority and to stick to it. And as you pray, know that many of us will be doing the same, so we can be together in prayer even if we aren’t physically in the same place.
We have suggested a simple format for each of the prayer times. Please feel free to use these or to develop a structure that works for you.
Morning prayers will take place throughout the month in St Mary’s at 8:30am on Tuesdays and in Christ Church at 8:00am on Fridays. Compline, a beautiful prayer for the end of the day, is said at 5:30pm every Friday in Christ Church.
You can download a leaflet with a suggested pattern of prayer for Morning, midday and evening here