Faith is something that you might never have considered before, or you went to Sunday School as a child or maybe you remember a few lesson on RE when you were at school. Faith is all about knowing and trusting God.
Hopefully on this page you will find something that will help you explore that a little more for yourself.
There are lots of things that can help us to get to know God better – two things are really helpful – reading the bible and prayer.
Reading the Bible
The bible is a book that helps us to understand more about God and his love for us, especially sending Jesus to earth. It can seem quite daunting to think that you might read it all from beginning to end! It is important to read it all but there are lots of ways that can help us and make it easier.
If you want to know more about who Jesus is, then the best thing to do is make a drink and find a comfy seat, find the gospel called Mark and settle down for a good read. It will take you about an hour and will help you to know more about Jesus’ life and what he came to earth for. You might use a printed copy of the bible or find a bible app for your tablet or phone.
We do suggest that you go for a more modern translation like the New Living Translation, the New International Version or maybe The Message.
You might also try the Bible in a Year app (or get daily emails), The Bible Project podcast or possibly The Bible Society which has lots more information about the bible as well as booklets and articles to help you navigate this amazing book.
Prayer is all about listening and talking to God. There is no one way of doing this, sometimes it can feel really easy and sometimes it’s quite tricky, sometimes it can be really noisy and sometimes we are completely silent, what’s important to God is just that we try.
Keep your prayer simple, it doesn’t need big words, just you and God together for a few minutes every day. You can speak aloud, you can write your prayers down a bit like a letter, you can say them in your head – the key thing is to say them. Perhaps find a regular time slot in the day that works for you, a particular chair in the house or under a tree in the garden – you’ll soon find what’s best for you.
Sometimes we will want to talk to God about things that are happening everyday, decisions we might need to make, we might want to tell God that we are sorry for something we have or haven’t done and at other times we just need to ‘cry out’ to God and ask for his help or his comfort. We can kneel down, sit or stand, whatever is comfortable for you.
Of course we also need to leave some silent spaces for God to talk to us, he might bring something to our minds suddenly, we might notice something in our surroundings in a very different way that makes us think, or if we have the bible with us we might find ourselves drawn to some particular words. You might find it helpful to notes these things down, as well as what you have said to God – we call this journaling – it can be helpful to look back on in the future.
In the bible Jesus answers his disciples’ request, ‘teach us to pray’ with the basis for this prayer that we know as The Lord’s Prayer:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive
those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom the power and the glory
are yours now and for ever. Amen.
Lots of organisations have resources to help us all learn, apps for your phone or tablet; books to read and there are some old traditional ways that have been handed down from generation to generation.
We can join the Church of England with its daily prayer app for laptops, tablets and phones www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-service-daily-prayer – you can even have this on your smart speaker!
The 24-7 Prayer movement has loads of resources on it’s website: www.24-7prayer.com/ and they have a great app called Lectio 365 which uses an old method of praying and reading scripture together. You can find out more about Lectio Divina (Holy Reading) here…
Their founder Pete Greig recently has written a great book to help us learn how to pray more called ‘How to pray – a simple guide for normal people’ (published by Hodder and Stoughton)
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have just set up a special phone line for those who don’t have internet to help them in their prayer and bible reading. Called ‘Daily Hope’ it offers music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England.
The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044. Perhaps you can pass this information on to someone you know who is not able to access the internet.
A few other books that might help you could be:
Patterns not Padlocks by Angela Ashwin – this is really good for parents and busy people
Finding God in the Fast Lane by Joyce Huggett – another one for busy times
Prayer by Timothy Keller – this one is about your conversation and how to encounter God in prayer
Prayer – does it make any difference by Philip Yancey – asks the questions you might have…