Prayer is the heartbeat of a Christian's life and the Church's life. It is our source of fuel and energy; it is our lifeline and also our hotline to God.
Prayer could be defined like this: prayer is an active effort to communicate with God either to offer praise, to make a request, seek guidance, confess sins, or simply to express one's thoughts and emotions.
Prayer is being with God. It is worth remembering, however that without God first reaching out to us, prayer would be quite impossible. There is no way that human beings, left to themselves, could make contact with God! However, God is longing for us to know Him. God opens a way, and the Holy Spirit is ready to assist us make contact with God through prayer.
Prayer can also be thought of as "coming home". God invites us to return to where we belong, to come home to be with Him, home to that for which we were created. When we return, through prayer, God welcomes us home to peace, joy, and friendship, and to the intimacy and affirmation that we all need. Prayer is the route home.
Prayer uses the five senses. It happens through touching, listening, feeling, drawing, painting, looking, reading, singing, and even silence, just as much as through words.
Apart from intentional prayer in regular times of worship, the Diocese promotes, supports and encourages a number of specific prayer initiatives such as a variety of (annual) prayer retreats for lay and ordained ministers; children and youth programmes with a prayer focus; the regular distribution of lists of intercessory prayer (eg via the Cathedral), and prayer diaries at the Archdeaconry and parish level.
Local, national and international needs inside and outside the church, are regularly upheld in prayer.
Many people find the Anglican prayer book, "A New Zealand Prayerbook - He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa" a valuable resource for both personal and corporate prayer and reflection. Prayer ministry is also offered in parishes and ministry units throughout the Diocese.
The NZ Prayerbook is available from the Resource Centre.
Some links concerning prayer: