Countdown to Prayer
7 Web Resources to Enrich Your Prayer Life
www.approachestoprayer.info plenty of ways to try
www.prayingincolor.com using doodles and colouring to enable your prayer.
www.sacredspace.ie daily prayer and reflection based on a scripture reading for the day
www.24-7prayer.com Initiative to encourage prayer through Prayer Rooms and offering Prayer Resources
www.thykingdom.co.uk Archbishop’s initiative to encourage prayer and praying for people to grow in knowing God
prayer-center.upperroom.org Intercessory prayer ministry offered
6 Free Apps to Support Your Prayer Life
Daily Prayer – using the daily offices from Common Worship
Prayer Mate – helps keep track of your praying
Pray As You Go – daily led meditations on a Bible passage
Sacred Space – daily reflective prayer around bible reading
Bible Gateway – access to many bible translations
Daily: Scheduled Web Reflection – access to many online daily prayer resources
5 Books Exploring Prayer
God of Surprises by Gerard W Hughes: A classic highly acclaimed book on the journey of prayer and encountering God in our life.
Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home by Richard Foster: A comprehensive guide to developing a wide range of ways of prayer.
Landmarks by Margaret Silf: Drawing upon the insights of St Ignatius of Loyola this offers insights on recognising God’s ceaseless action in our lives and discerning God’s will for us.
Creating a life with God by Daniel Wolpert: Offers twelve prayer practices to deepen your prayer – practical guidance for individuals and groups
The Divine Dance: The Trinity and your transformation by Richard Rohr: exploring how prayer joins us into the dance of the Trinity.
4 Things to Check up on Your Prayer Life
Pattern: What is my aim? Do I have a pattern?
What ways of praying do I use?
Places: Where do you find yourself praying?
What is it there that helps you focus?
Props: what supports do I have for my prayer life:
spiritual friends, groups, spiritual accompaniers,
Pray as you can, not as you can’t.
Are you trying to pray in ways that don’t suit you?
Are there ways of praying that you could explore?
3 Dimensions to Prayer
Upwards: focussing on simply being with God,
giving yourself to God in praise, adoration, stillness.
Outwards: praying for those beyond –
the needs of the world, seeking God’s grace for others
Inwards: drawing upon God’s grace to resource and
guide you and God’s energy will work through you
2 Ways of Going Further
- Find a Spiritual Accompanier: These are people who give you the space to explore what is (and isn’t) happening in your prayer and faith journey. Anyone interested in going further can benefit from this. Plenty of people are offering this around the diocese. www.hereford.anglican.org/SpiritualDirection
- Local Courses: We have two courses in the Diocese which help with growing in prayer, listening to God and exploring your purpose in life. Christian Spiritual Growth Course: A one year programme (one day a month) exploring approaches to prayer, listening to God and finding your vocation and ways of responding in faithful service. Discerning Listening: A six-month course to develop how we listen to God in ourselves and in others in a pastoral and spiritual ministry. www.hereford.anglican.org/courses
Contact The Revd Preb Nick Helm in the Ministry and Spiritual Development Office on (01584) 871 085 or Email