Thinking about prayer

Good and simple what more do you want

Chaplain's blog

Leading a recent session about prayer for some adult confirmation candidates was a very useful experience. Our discussion was wide ranging, including questions such as: What happens when we pray? How do we pray? How can we pray when we don’t feel like it?

We had a good time exploring those questions, none of which can be answered with a neat, one size fits all formula. There is much about prayer that we need to wrestle with and make our own. For me, the point that surfaces more than anything else is this: The most important thing is that we pray not how we pray.

Michael Ramsey, the 100th Archbishop of Canterbury who served from 1961-1974, was once asked how to pray. He replied: ‘I just get down on my knees and hope for the best’. Put another way, all you need to do is make the time. I find that challenging…

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