“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1Thessalonians 5:16-18
If one is asked to think about prayer many images may come to mind:
- Heads bowed in a morning worship service
- A child kneeling by a bed
- Hands folded before a meal
Many of us think about prayer in formal ways. But in the words of Jane E. Vennard, the author of The Way of Prayer, Upper Room Books, 2006,
“It is our hope that you will honor the ways you were taught to pray and celebrate the prayers of your tradition, that you will grow in appreciation for both formal and informal prayers, and that you will expand your understanding to include many new ways to pray.”
You will find examples and directions for many ways of prayer – Check out our monthly Prayer Calendar, links to webpages like the UCC Stillspeaking Devotional, and optional ways for prayer methods on this page.
All prayer begins with God. Our prayers are merely a response to God’s call to us. It is the fundamental way that we express our relationship with God. So we shouldn’t pray because we think it works or because we think we should. We should pray because we can. Whenever we respond to God’s love, we are in prayer.
“As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you. O God.” Psalm 42:1