Christianity: practices – PRAYER

 

Prayer

 

Prayer is communication with God in silence or aloud, with others or alone. People may pray in a humble position, kneeling down with hands together. Roman Catholics may use a Rosary whilst Orthodox Christians may focus on an image called an icon.

 

Set Prayers

Set prayers form part of liturgical worship but many Christians also use them as part of private worship. Praise is the basis of all prayer and Jesus spoke about it on a number of occasions. The most well known set prayer is the Lord’s Prayer.

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen.

 

The importance of the Lords’s Prayer for the individual, the community and society

  •  When Jesus was asked to teach his disciples how to pray, he answered with the Lord’s Prayer. It is therefore considered one of the most important prayers
  • It gives Christians a set structure and combines praise for God and asking for personal needs
  • It reminds Christians of the importance of forgiveness for others
  • It forms an important part of set worship (liturgical) eg Communion
  • It gives a sense of unity and is a prayer that is well known by a number of people in the UK
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