How can I pray?
In this stressful time, we can often find ourselves completely overwhelmed. How can we as individuals help such an enormous situation? One of the most accessible ways is often the most overlooked when we first panic - we can pray. This helps us connect with God, focusses and calms us, and offers support to many - both through the prayer itself, and through letting the people know you are praying for them.
So how do I even pray?!
Prayer can be used in many ways, individual or social, private or public. Perhaps you could ring someone you know and pray with them over the phone, or video call; or you could ask what they would like prayer for, opening contact and offering support in many ways.
The Archbishop has recommended Time To Pray
which is free to use as either an app or online, and offers a selection of prayers for throughout the day and night (as suits you) and helps develop a pattern of prayer.
There are also Soul Time meditation
available as an app and online, Encounter with God
online, Daily Bread
as an app and online, and Guardians of Ancora
a game recommended for children aged 8-11 as an app and online.
and Franciscan Richard Rhor
offer daily emails of prayer and meditation.
Church of England prayer resources during the coronavirus lockdown
Some Short Prayers:
A Prayer for all those affected by Coronavirus
: Archbishop of York
Teach us, good Lord, to serve you as you deserve;
Praise be to you, O Lord Jesus Christ...
Be thou a bright flame before me...
Father, we pray for the many who are trapped by growing burdens of debt...
Jesus, as a baby you were a refugee...
Give us, Lord God a Vision of our world...
God be in my head, and in my understanding...
As the rain hides the stars...