Many ways to pray

PUBLISHED: 10:02 15 January 2013 | UPDATED: 10:02 15 January 2013

The Revd Alastair McCollum. Picture by Terry Ife ref mhv 8783-09-11TI

The Revd Alastair McCollum. Picture by Terry Ife ref mhv 8783-09-11TI


Five Alive Mission members make a ‘river of prayer’ using coloured cards.

This last Sunday in church we prayed in a slightly different way to usual. We wrote or drew on coloured cards then stuck those cards to another card in the shape of a river (we were remembering Jesus being baptised in the River Jordan). Our ‘River of Prayer’.

Usually with prayer people expect lots of words, read by a vicar or by someone up at the front of church – words that often go on and on. And on.

Jesus, however, said that people shouldn’t babble prayers, filled with “meaningless repetition, hoping to be heard because of their many words” (Matthew 6 v 7). There are as many ways to pray as there are people on the planet.

Silence. Words. Music. Art. Sight and sense. They are all ways of talking to and even listening to God. Ask your priest, or minister, or a Christian friend what ways help them to pray.

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Midweek Herald. Click the link in the yellow box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad, serving as your advocate and trusted source of local information. Our industry is facing testing times, which is why I’m asking for your support. Every single contribution will help us continue to produce award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Midweek Herald