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Be still and know that I am God

Prayer is an important part of our lives as Christians. Prayer is the way that we can talk with God. It enables us to communicate with him on a very personal level and through prayer we can develop a relationship with God.

Through prayer we can:

  • Praise God
  • Say thank you to God
  • Gain the strength we need to get through tough times
  • Ask for God’s help
  • Seek God’s guidance for our lives
  • Simply talk to God

If you would like to take this opportunity to spend some time in prayer then please feel free to use the suggested prayers below, your own words or simply use silence. Whatever approach we use God will listen and wants to hear from you. 

Prayer at the Square


Monday Prayer Meeting

We hold a Zoom prayer meeting on the first Monday of every month at 7.30pm.

Further details can be found in our latest Notice Sheet, or on our What's On page.


Tuesday Prayer Meeting

(This has been suspended since the start of the Covid pandemic)

Alternate Tuesdays 11.30am-12 noon in the Parlour.

This time of sharing and praying tends to cover concerns for others across the world to individuals we know.

 

 A Prayer of Approach

Lord I come to your awesome presence,
from the shadows into your radiance.
Search me, try me, consume all my darkness.

 

A Prayer of Praise

Lord God, Creator of all life, Origin of all love, Inspiration of all goodness, I adore you.

From everlasting to everlasting you are God.

Recognising Our Need of God

 

In you I live and move and have my being. Calm me with your presence. Help me to rethink life before you. Let every moment of my life be your moment, whether or not I consciously remember you, and make me more open to the pulse of your life, and the breath of your love.

O love who created me, recreate me, that with my whole heart, soul, strength and mind I may love you; and I may love my neighbour as I love myself.

A Prayer beloved by Grace Indge

Grace was a regular member of The Square when I and my family first moved to Dunstable in 1999. I probably remember her most for her Granddaughter, Rebecca, who was in the Youth Fellowship at the time, but we often used to chat in the Parlour while drinking a cup of tea or coffee. I was looking through 'Square Prayer' recently, while preparing for a service, and came across this entry from Grace.

I will reproduce it as it appears in the booklet.

A Prayer for those who live alone

I live alone dear Lord, stay by my side.
In all my daily needs be Thou my guide.
Grant me good health, for that indeed I pray
To carry on my work from day to day.

Keep pure my heart, my thoughts, my every deed.
Let me be kind, unselfish in my neighbour's need.
Spare me from fire, from flood, malicious tongues,
From thieves, from fear and evil ones.

If sickness or an accident befall,
Then humbly Lord I pray, hear Thou my call.
And when I'm feeling low, or in despair,
Lift up my heart and help me in my prayer.

I live alone, dear Lord, and yet I have no fear,
Because I feel your presence ever near.

                                         Author unknown
                               Contributed by Grace Indge

Grace says:-
                     'I keep this prayer by my bedside lamp.'

 

(For those who don't know, Square Prayer was a booklet of prayers put together by Linda Berry as a fund raiser for Frontline 09 - the project which resulted in the new vestibule and doors for the church. There are still copies available in the church.)

 Words of Reassurance 

They who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.


A Fresh Start

For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, who died for me, forgive me for all that is past, and grant that I may serve you in newness of life.

Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
Forgive our foolish ways;
Reclothe us in our rightful mind;
In purer lives thy service find,
In deeper reverence praise.


A Prayer of Thankfulness

O Lord, in a world where many are lonely, we thank you for our friendships. In a world where many are captive, we thank you for our freedom. In a world where many are hungry, we thank you for our provision. We pray that you will enlarge our sympathy, deepen our compassion, and give us grateful hearts.


Sharing Concern for Other People

Lord, I pray for …
My family ……… and friends ………,
My neighbours at home, at work,
the ones I like ……… and dislike ………
for those who are ill ………
those who are troubled or who mourn,
for the oppressed,
for those involved in disaster or war.
Bless them, Father, in their various troubles
And show me how I may help.

 

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Prayer Requests

If you would like other Christians to pray for you, contact our confidential Prayer Chain here.

The Prayer Chain is made up of a group of people who promise to pray for the needs of others. All prayer requests are treated in the utmost confidence and are not discussed with anyone else (or between people in the prayer chain).


In the Bible Paul tells us: “Always be joyful. Keep on praying. No matter what happens, always be thankful for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). James says “Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.” (James 5:13).

Prayer should not be a last resort to be tried when all else fails. Prayer should come first because God’s power is infinitely greater than our own and because God encourages us to do so.