To Help You Pray

PrayerSit or kneel quietly for a few moments; let the bustle and worries of life fall away from you and let the peace of the stillness and the presence of God overshadow you.

You are God’s child; God loves you;
He created you; He longs for you.

He is here with you now and will be with you always.
Speak to him slowly and thoughtfully.

Say this prayer to concentrate your mind with God

Lord, overshadow me with your spirit. Banish distraction, inattention, coldness and concern. Make my eyes to see, my ears to hear, my tongue to speak, my soul to be still. And then, Lord, in your mercy, hear my prayer and give me your peace through Jesus Christ. Amen.

Pray, using these headings and helps.

Lord, thank you …
For your love
For Jesus
For the good things of my life
For the people I love and who love me
For your world
Father, thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your loving kindness and goodness; may I show forth your praise not only with my lips but in my life, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.

Lord I am sorry…
For every word spoken in haste or in thoughtless passion
For every failure of self-control
For every unkind deed
For breaking your laws

Lord, humbly and sincerely I ask for your forgiveness in the knowledge that in Jesus you have reached out and called me to yourself with love and forgiveness. Amen.

Lord I am troubled…
I am anxious and distressed about ……………………………….
Help me to trust in your love
Teach me to act and speak in the way you want

Lord, calm my fears and strengthen my heart that I may know that you are always there to help and turn to. Amen.

Lord, I pray for….
My family……………………………………..and friends
My neighbours ……………………………those I dislike, those I like
The sick, especially……………………………………………………
Those who suffer violence

Father, to your loving guardianship and care I commit those for whom I pray today. Be with them in their several needs and give them all the blessing of love, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Please pray for Dewsbury Minster, for all who come in here, that through the power of God’s Holy Spirit, this place may be used for the building up of God’s kingdom here on earth.

As you finish say

Father, into your hands I commend every part of my life.
Help me to know you better and love you more. Amen.

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