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

wave of prayer

Archbishop of Canterbury calls on Christians to join global wave of prayer

The Archbishop of Canterbury is encouraging Christians of all denominations to join in with a ten day global prayer initiative "Thy Kingdom Come" from Ascension Day to Pentecost. What began last year as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer. Last year more than 100,000 people joined in and in 2017 it's expected to be on a bigger scale. Launching the initiative, which runs from 25 May to 4 June, Archbishop Justin said: "When the wind of the spirit is blowing, hoist the sails and go with the wind. It's not a Church of England thing, it's not an Anglican thing, it's a Christian thing."

Here is the link to the Church of England's website and resources for Thy Kingdom Come.

Here is the link to the Churches Together in England website with further information about Thy Kingdom Come.

Prayer changes everything ‒ looking ahead to Thy Kingdom Come 2017

Churches across England and around the Anglican Communion are uniting around the second year of Thy Kingdom Come, the call by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York for Christians to pray in the run-up to Pentecost for more people to know Jesus Christ.

The Presidents of Churches Together in England (CTE) have announced that they have taken up the invitation for churches to pray intensively and intentionally for evangelism in the 10 days before Pentecost 2017.

Archbishop Justin Welby has extended the call globally by inviting every province of the Anglican Communion to join in the period of prayer for more people to know the love of Jesus Christ. Following the launch of Thy Kingdom Come in 2016, which an estimated hundred thousand-plus Christians joining in prayer across England and beyond, this year it will take place from 25th May to 4th June 2017.