The purpose of prayer
The fundamental business of life is worship. At the root of all your being, your intellectual studies, the games you play, whatever it is, the impulse to do them well is and ought to be understood as being an impulse towards God, the source of all that is excellent. All life ought to be worship; and we know quite well there is no chance it will be worship unless we have times when we have worship and nothing else. Archbishop William Temple (1881–1944)
What is prayer?
This is a question many have asked and are still asking. Simply explained, for a Christian, prayer is “talking to God”.
This is very different from meditation or reflection. It is a time of communication with God. Through prayer, as Christians, we communicate our emotions, desires, joys, sadness, request, appreciation and whatever we have on our minds to God.
We pray because Jesus, whom we follow and believe has asked us to do so. In the Bible, Jesus taught his followers the prayer now called The Lord’s prayer (Matthew 6:9-13). he also asked us to pray persistently without ceasing. And so we pray because we know that God listens and will response in His own time and manner.
Paul wrote, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6–7). Worry about nothing; pray about everything.
Why come together to pray?
We come together to pray because then we could support each other but also the Bible enjoins us to fellowship with each other (Hebrews 10:25). This why in addition to prayers during services, we meet every Thursday at 9:30 for a short time of open and collective prayer. Everyone is welcome to take part. Private requests for prayers are also welcomed. Please send requests to layminister@oatlandschurch.
You might also want to contact our Caring & Sharing Team. This group meets on the first Tuesday of the month to pray for members of the community who are unwell or in distress. All are welcome.
You might also find helpful information on this site.
For more information contact the Parish Office parishoffice@oatlandschurch.
A Prayer for Sierra Leone
Lord, we pray for all affected by the mudslide in Sierra Leone:
For those bereaved or physically harmed we pray for your comfort;
For those left homeless and in practical need we pray for your provision;
For those involved in the clean up and rescue we pray for your strength.
Just as you heard the psalmist’s cries for rescue from the mire,
Please answer our prayers for your people in crisis.
In your mercy and grace.
The Passchendaele Prayer
(Tyne Cot Memorial Service)
Faithful God, compassionate and merciful,
Hear us as we remember those valiant hearts
Who fell in the heat of the conflict,
And died here in the mire and clay of the trenches.
We honour the examples of selfless service,
Of comradeship and care, that shine out of the loss and waste.
We remember the proud and sorrowing lands
From which they came;
Those who returned wounded in mind and body;
All at home who mourned the dead,
And all here who suffered the loss of home and community.
Guide the nations, united today in sorrow,
Into the light of freedom, contentment and glorious hope,
And hear the longing of our hearts for peace;
We ask this for the sake of your world
And the good of all your children;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
A prayer for Manchester
God of compassion,
you hear the cries of all who are in trouble or distress;
accept our prayers for those whose lives are affected by the bombing in Manchester. We pray especially for those suddenly facing a future without a child, parent or loved one, young ones who are in deep distress
those who are injured, traumatised or awaiting news
strengthen them in their hour of need, grant them perseverance and courage to face the future and be to them a firm foundation on which to build their lives; this we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Give thanks for the Queen and pray for the UK leaders
We give thanks for Queen Elizabeth II and her strong Christian faith. On 9th September 2015 she became Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, passing the record set by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria. By then she had reigned for 63 years and seven months, 23,226 days.
In her own words: “To many of us, our beliefs are of fundamental importance. For me the teachings of Christ and my own personal accountability before God provide a framework in which I try to lead my life.” Pray also for the leaders of the United Kingdom, that they may be given wisdom and discernment for the responsibilities of office and the difficulties of decision-making.
Prayer for Refugees fleeing conflict in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Lord God of wilderness, wave and wind,
you travel with the wanderers of the world.
Stay close, we pray, to all who live
with loss, in terror, and adrift,
and spur us on to build a world
where there is truly room for all.
Lord Jesus, you came among us
homeless, and as a refugee.
Shake our complacency,
rekindle our compassion,
and help us challenge our leaders
to forge a common strategy
that is both truly just, and fair.