And when you pray...

Whether with words, song or silence prayer may seem like a weak tool to bring about God’s desire for the world. Yet the beauty of prayer is that it isn’t affected by what we have or don’t have, being too old or too young, needing training or technology. All of us can pray!

In the uncertain future following Jesus’ departure from this earth, the disciples gathered together in Jerusalem and devoted themselves to prayer (Acts 1: 14). The title ‘Acts’ and the stories of this fifth book of the New Testament give witness to the powerful movement of God’s Spirit following the faith community’s commitment to pray. So whether with words, song or silence prayer is the invitation for God’s kingdom to come and God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:10)

Like the early church, prayer was a vital part of early Anabaptist communities in daily life as well as when they gathered as a worshipping community; offering prayers for and on behalf of the community. This spiritual practice remains with us today.

We invite you to pray. Your prayers may be individual or communal. Your prayers may take place privately or in worship or prayer circles. However you prayer, you join with many others for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. Below, we offer a few tools to help you make your prayers specific. Know that God hears your prayers – and that your prayers are appreciated by those who serve God.