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God calls us to pray and to encourage and lead others into a life of prayer.



The Bible in the Life of the Church
AFP December 2014

 

Partners  in P R A Y E R

Our Mission:  The Anglican Fellowship of Prayer is a lay ministry,
aided by members of the ordained clergy, which serves the church
and the world by encouraging, facilitating, and promoting the use, understanding and discipline of prayer.  

Some Thoughts About Lent 2015

Do you have five minutes a day for Lent—maybe standing in line, waiting for something else to happen, etc.?  Consider a daily prayer discipline of five minutes for Lent using Lent as an acronym:

Love
Environment
Neighbor
Thanksgiving
   ..silence…

In one minute pray for Love.
In one minute pray for Environment.
In one minute pray for Neighbor.
In one minute pray for Thanksgiving.
Be still and quiet for one minute.

Prayers might be for self, named individuals, groups, or situations. This prayer method does not require special materials, reading commitment, being on time, being with a group, being in a special place (i.e., being in church), or any of those things that we associate with traditional prayer.

Simply reflect five minutes on LENT whenever or wherever you are.  If you do not understand this concept, ask a child. Some of them have great ideas of being totally in the moment and a fascinating concept of "time out for 5 minutes". 

If you forget in your head, use your hands: four fingers = LENT, and the thumb is silence.   After all,  LENT is a four letter word! 

Blessings on the journey.

--the Rev. Paula Claire Hall, Diocese of Western Louisiana

AFP US Council

Dear Visitor: this prayer website is for the use of all who seek God and all
who pray, in the belief and hope that “prayer is a way of spreading God’s presence.“*

Pray Without Ceasing
1 Thessalonians 5:17

One of the founders of the Anglican Fellowship of Prayer, Helen Shoemaker, said “Prayer is the mightiest force in God’s universe.  When we pray, we align ourselves with Jesus’ eternal prayer for us.  When we pray, we throw our love with His like a lariat around the world.  Our prayers go where we cannot and speak whole spiritual continents into being. “

Karl Barth said “To clasp the hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world.'

Thomas Keating said: “God will bring people and events into our lives, and whatever we may think about them, they are designed for the evolution of His life in us.”

*Source of the quotation “Prayer is a way of spreading God’s presence: Gallagher, Tess.  “The Woman Who Prayed.” Eds. Paula Carlson and Peter S. Hawkins. Listening for God, Volume 3. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2000.  133.

If you would like to ask for prayers for people you know, please click on the link in the sidebar called Prayer Requests and follow the directions.

If you would like a quick way to pray daily using prayers from the Book of Common Prayer(Seabury Press, The Episcopal Church, 1979 edition), try the sidebars for Daily Devotions or the whole Book of Common Prayer.  Daily readings from The Bible can be accessed through the Lectionary link.

If you have prayer requests for situations and problems throughout the country and the world, please let us know through the Contact Us link. 

Mission:  Our prayers are asked this October and November for Susan Delgado Park and her team, who are going on a one month mission to Peru

Help for those under threat:  Please pray for Canon Andrew White of Baghdad, St. George’s Cathedral, and the Christians there who face persecution. 

Healing:  “Almighty and Eternal God, so draw our hearts to you, so guide our minds, so fill our imaginations, so control our wills, that we may be wholly yours, utterly dedicated to you , and then use us, we pray, as you will, and always to the glory of your people, through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”  From “A Public Service of Healing” in The Book of Occasional Services.  NY: Church Hymnal Corporation, 1977.  152.

 



The Praying Church

The Anglican Fellowship of Prayer has published a third edition of Bishop Don Hultstrand’s well-known book on the impact of prayer in the life of a parish. Please click on the title above for more information, including how to order.

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