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From our APRIM Stef

10.09.20

‘Never stop praying, especially for others. Always pray by the power of the Holy Spirit. Stay alert and keep praying for God’s people.’ (Ephesians 6:18)

I pray for the poor and homeless and hope that they will find strength and peace. (Prisha)

I pray for people affected by the bushfires and hope they stay safe. (Dihini)

I pray for my friends because sometimes I worry if my friends are OK. (Aashray)

As we continue our focus on the Dominican Pillar of Prayer by engaging in a variety of prayer experiences at St Bernadette’s here are some questions commonly asked by children:

What is Christian prayer?

Christian prayer is talking to your best friend, Jesus, and sharing your concerns, secrets, worries and joys…Jesus knows all about you…you can always depend on him, talk to him, and expect that he will be listening.

Why do Christians pray?

Christians pray because they like to communicate with God who also wants to have a relationship with each one of them.

How do Christians pray?

The disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray and he taught them the Lord’s Prayer (Our Father). Christians may choose to pray traditional prayers, be spontaneous, sing hymns, reflect on Scripture. They may pray alone or in a group, meditate, close their eyes, kneel, bow their heads, fold hands, use rosary beads, prayer books.

Where do Christians pray?

A Christian can pray privately or collectively anywhere and anytime – at home, in the classroom, on the bus, in the bush or in the church.

When do Christians pray?

Christians pray whenever and wherever they want.

What happens when Christians pray?

When Christians pray it changes our thinking, it gives God permission to act in our lives and it can make a difference in the life of someone else.

How does God answer prayer?

‘I pray to you, God, because you will help me. Listen and answer my prayer!’ (Psalm 17:6)

God answers prayer by many and various means but we might not always  receive the answer we expect. God has often surprised people in the way he has answered their prayers.

(adapted from Developing a Faith-based Education – Barbara J. Fisher)