Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
What is Prayer?
Prayer is simply conversation with God. It’s asking Him to meet your need or someone else’s. It’s praising Him and thanking Him. It’s how people can communicate with God.
The best example of a prayer is found in the book of St Matthew in Chapter 6 (verses 7-15), Jesus’ disciples ask Him, Lord how do we pray?
Jesus said “7 ‘When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
9 ‘Pray then in this way:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And do not bring us to the time of trial,
but rescue us from the evil one.
14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; 15 but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
This is a simple prayerbook service lasting for about 20 minutes. It includes worship, scripture reading, prayer, and silence. It is a wonderful way to begin the day!
Hospitality of Silence is a time of meditation in the Christian contemplative prayer tradition. Our Assistant Priest, Rev’d Helen Dean, leads this group.
‘The Overflow’ is an ecumenical praying community meeting at St Barnabas and also affiliated with The International Anglican Order of the Cross (TIAOC). The Overflow’s priorities are: Worship and Adoration; and Intercessory Prayer.
The group begins with an extended time of free worship and then prays specifically prayers of blessings for the ministry of the diocese and its chief shepherd, our parish and its priests, local churches and their pastors, the people of our local area, and any other needs or promptings from the Spirit of God for things that are on His heart.