I am a firm believer that there is no wrong way to pray. After all, we are communicating with God, who knows our hearts and minds, inside and out. However, sometimes we can get stuck not knowing what to say - especially when asked to pray out loud in front of a group of people. When this happens, it can be helpful to have a prayer “outline” to fall back on. The Collect Prayer is one such form.
The Collect Prayer Form (pronounced like cahl-ect) is a way of praying that follows a set structure. It fits a pattern developed in the 1500s by the Anglican Archbishop Cranmer in the first Book of Common Prayer and is used by both Protestants and Catholics. I almost always follow this format when I’m asked to pray spontaneously as it helps give structure to my thoughts.
I’ve included resources below to help you understand this prayer form, and here’s my shorthand way of remembering it:
Here’s how it looks in practice:
Again, prayer is personal and there is no wrong way to pray, but sometimes having a structure can help us feel more confident. If you can memorize this simple formula, with a little practice, you can confidently volunteer to lead prayer in any group.
Published on August 15, 2020