Prayer

Prayer is an important part of our faith.

Some of our common prayers include our affirmation of faith.  There are several affirmations of faith in Methodist Hymnal that can be found of pages: 880- 889.

One often used is the Apostles Creed (pg. 881) :

I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth,

And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried*,
He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty,
From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead,

I believe in the Holy Ghost,
I believe in the holy catholic** church,
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins,
The resurrection of the body,
And the life everlasting. Amen.

* Traditional use of this creed includes these words "He descended in to Hell."
** universal

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The Lord's Prayer is the prayer that Jesus taught us in the New Testament:

Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses (our sin, our debit),
As we forgive those that trespass against (sin against, have debit with) us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever.

Amen.

The prayer as it occurs in Matthew 6:9–13
Our Father in heaven, God is almighty hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
The prayer as it occurs in Luke 11:2–4
Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread,
and forgive us our sins for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.

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Sometimes we need OR NEED TO BE a personal prayer warrior. The Upper Room Living Prayer Center is a good resource to help individuals, small groups and local congregations grow in their understanding and experience of prayer.

They advocate

WHY PRAY?

PRAYING THE SCRIPTURES

THE IGNATIAN METHOD OF PRAYER

PRAYING THE PSALMS: THE BIBLES BOOK OF PRAYER

INTERCESSORY PRAYER: PRAYERS FOR OTHERS

PERSONALIZING SCRIPTURE

THE EXAMEN: REMEMBERING THE DAY

PRAYING AS WE ARE

GIVING AS PRAYER

PRAYING FOR THE WORLD

SOAKING PRAYER

WALKING PRAYER

A BLESSING EXERCISE

PRAYING IN ORDINARY TIMES