Prayer: introduction

From Stephen Cottrell's book: How to Pray

  • Start.
  • The hardest thing about prayer is beginning.
  • So just start
  • Your longing for God, and your wanting to pray, are the beginning of a relationship that can grow and grow. Tell God that you want to know him, and let him make the next move.
  • Find the way of praying that is right for you. Explore different ways of praying. Listen as well as speak; give thanks as well as make requests.
  • Don't look for results.
  • Don't give up when it gets hard.
  • Trying to pray is praying, and God is present even in the darkness.

Stephen Cottrell

Stephen Cottrell is the Bishop of Chelmsford and the author of a number of bestselling titles all published by Church House Publishing.

Learn to Pray

"Whether you are a child, young person or an adult, learning to pray is easier than you might imagine! Millions of people of every age pray every day."

Go to: Church of England Prayer

Topical prayers

A selection of prayers on a range of subjects that are particularly on people's minds at this time.
This section includes:
  • Prayers for those in pain today
  • Prayers for children and families
  • Prayers for peace
  • Prayers for a world in conflict
  • Prayers for those who mourn
  • Prayers for Remembrance
An example of a prayer for peace in our world

Make your ways known upon earth, Lord God,
your saving power among all peoples.
Renew your Church in holiness
and help us to serve you with joy.
Guide the leaders of all nations,
that justice may prevail throughout the world.
Let not the needy be forgotten,
nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
Make us instruments of your peace
and let your glory be over all the earth.

For more topical prayers go to: Church of England Prayer


Find services and prayers from The Book of Common Prayer and Common Worship. Go to: Book of Common Prayer and Common Worship
Access all of the Church of England's liturgical texts. Go to: Book of Common Prayer and Common Worship

Archbishops call for 'great wave of prayer' for evangelism during Pentecost

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are inviting churches to pray for the evangelisation of the nation during the week before Pentecost Sunday.
thy kingdom come

Partners in the week of prayer initiative include 24-7 Prayer, HOPE, the World Prayer Centre, the Neighbourhood Prayer, Network, and the National Day of Prayer and Worship. For more information, visit: THY KINGDOM COME

The Archbishops have written to every serving parish priest in the Church of England expressing their longing "to see a great wave of prayer across our land, throughout the Church of England and many other Churches" from 8th-15th May.

The week of prayer will culminate in 'Beacon events' around the country over Pentecost weekend, where people will pray for the renewal of the Holy Spirit and the confidence to share their faith. Read the Archbishops' letter here.

Provinces urged to adopt Anglican Communion Sunday

The provinces of the Anglican Communion have been invited to set aside the Sunday closest to the feast of Saint Augustine of Canterbury (26 May) as Anglican Communion Sunday, with a special focus of prayer for the Communion.
anglian community sunday

The Sunday closest to the feast of Saint Augustine of Canterbury has been chosen as the suggested date for Anglican Communion Sunday; because it was Saint Augustine who was sent by Pope Gregory to undertake the conversion of England. The conversion of England had already begun, of course, and there was Celtic Christianity in the British Isles before Augustine arrived; but it was Augustine who is recognised as the first Archbishop of Canterbury and who established his seat at what is now Canterbury Cathedral—the mother church of the Anglican Communion.