Prayer and worship

As Christians we are called to worship every day, not just through prayer but through our Christian actions too.

When we pray we offer our praise to God, to worship and to celebrate God and all that God has done. We offer prayers for our own needs and for the needs of the world too. By praying we are communicating with God.

We offer our prayers daily to God. Many Christians will pray on a daily basis from home, and when we come together at Wakefield Cathedral for a service we offer the chance for the congregation to pray together as one.

Visit the Church of England website for access to their Daily Prayer materials, updated on a daily basis.

The Bible in front of the Altar at Wakefield Cathedral

How do I pray?

We are taught to pray with sincerity and intent and with faith in Christ.

When attending one of our services, you can pray alongside your fellow congregation members or have the opportunity to offer your own individual prayers.

When you pray, think about what you are thankful for and what you would like guidance, support or comforting on.

People offering prayer often begin by saying “Heavenly Father…”, and conclude with the word “Amen.” A prayer doesn’t need to be rehearsed, it is an opportunity for you to express your thoughts, concerns and gratitude to God in a personal way. If you do not know what to say to God, sit still and picture the situation and offer that image to God.

Where can I pray?

Christians can offer prayer from anywhere in the world. Many Christians will offer a prayer when visiting a church (or indeed Wakefield Cathedral) as they feel closer to God. That being said, there is nothing to stop you offering prayers from home.

The Lord's Prayer

We recite the Lord’s prayer in every act of worship at Wakefield Cathedral and across the Anglican community.

As explained by the Church of England, The Lord’s Prayer forms a pattern for prayer for Christians as follows:

  • We bless God and pray for our world, our communities and our lives to be shaped by God’s will;
  • We pray for daily needs to be met,
  • For forgiveness for wrongdoings, strength to resist temptation and protection from danger.

There are two versions of The Lord’s prayer used at Wakefield Cathedral, in Contemporary and Traditional Language.

  • The Lord's Prayer - Modern Language

    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.


  • The Lord's Prayer - Traditional Language

    Our Father, who art in heaven,

    hallowed be thy name;

    thy kingdom come;

    thy will be done;

    on earth as it is in heaven.

    Give us this day our daily bread.

    And forgive us our trespasses,

    as we forgive those who trespass against us.

    And lead us not into temptation;

    but deliver us from evil.

    For thine is the kingdom,

    the power and the glory,

    for ever and ever.


Praying the Psalms

Many Christians who are exploring prayer choose to pray the Psalms – spirit-inspired words given to us by God to speak about God and to God.

Praying the Psalms teaches us to pray, trains us to respond to the riches of Bible truth and shapes well-rounded people to pray in all of humalife.

(C.Ash, 2018, 2020).

Download our booklet below to find out more.

Further information

If you would like more information on Christian prayer or suggestions on ‘what to pray’, you can visit the Church of England website.

If you are unable to attend the cathedral in person and would like us to pray for someone on your behalf, we invite you to submit any names for inclusion in our daily worship at our 08:00 Morning Prayer. Visit our Request a Prayer page for more information.

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