About Prayer

Resources to help your prayer life.

Exploring a life of prayer – a paper written and presented by Jane E. Vennard in December 1990. I commend this to you if you are looking for more information, inspiration, or a way to articulate what you have already experienced in prayer. Jane has included a list of Suggested Readings at the end of her article.

Abba – Meditations based upon the Lord’s Prayer by Evelyn Underhill (published in 1940 and re-presented on the web in its entirety). Learn more about Evelyn Underhill.

From the Book of Common Prayer, 1979

From the Outline of the Faith. Section on Prayer and Worship, pages 856-857

Q. What is prayer?

A. Prayer is responding to God, by thought and by deeds, with or without words.

Q. What is Christian Prayer?

A. Christian prayer is response to God the Father, through Jesus Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Q. What prayer did Christ teach us?

A. Our Lord gave us the example of prayer known as the Lord’s Prayer. See page 364 [in the Book of Common Prayer].

Q. What are the principal kinds of prayer?

A. The principal kinds of prayer are adoration, praise, thanksgiving, penitence, oblation, intercession, and petition.

Q. What is adoration?

A. Adoration is the lifting up of the heart and mind to God, asking nothing but to enjoy God’s presence.

Q. Why do we praise God?

A. We praise God, not to obtain anything, but because God’s Being draws praise from us.

Q. For what do we offer thanksgiving?

A. Thanksgiving is offered to God for all the blessings of this life, for our redemption, and for whatever draws us closer to God.

Q. What is penitence?

A. In penitence, we confess our sins and make restitution where possible, with the intention to amend our lives.

Q. What is prayer of oblation?

A. Oblation is an offering of ourselves, our lives and labors, in union with Christ, for the purposes of God.

Q. What are intercession and petition?

A. Intercession brings before God the needs of others; in petition, we present our own needs, that God’s will may be done.

Q. What is corporate worship?

A. In corporate worship, we unite ourselves with others to acknowledge the holiness of God, to hear God’s Word, to offer prayer, and to celebrate the sacraments.

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