In our busy lives, finding time for prayer and deepening our spiritual life can often be a challenge. However, prayer is an essential part of our relationship with God and can bring us peace, guidance, and a deeper understanding of ourselves and our purpose. In this article, we will explore nine prayer resources that can help you in your journey towards a more meaningful and enriching prayer life.

1. Calendar of Prayer

The Calendar of Prayer is a monthly publication that offers an opportunity to pray with different parts of our local and global community. Each day, you can focus your prayers on a specific prayer request, story, or photo shared by various benefices. This calendar helps us build a sense of community and connection with one another and with God. To find out more and view the latest calendar, visit

2. Seasonal Prayers for Renewal and Mission

The Changing Lives Prayer Network publishes seasonal prayers four times a year. These prayers, accompanied by beautiful artwork by Primrose Northrup, are designed to inspire and guide you in your prayer life. By praying these seasonal prayers in unity with others across our diocese, you can contribute to the renewal and mission of our community. Find these prayers on the Changing Lives Prayer Network website.

3. Novena

A novena is a nine-day period of prayer traditionally observed between Ascension and Pentecost. During this time, you can use a booklet of scripture, prayers, and artwork to guide your daily prayers. This booklet, which has become a valuable resource for the worldwide Church, is a way to join in the global wave of prayer known as Thy Kingdom Come. The novena offers an opportunity to pray for our friends and family to come to know Jesus. Obtain a copy of the novena booklet through your local diocese or church.

4. Prayer Resources for Schools

Many church schools are discovering the positive impact of prayer stations. These stations provide children and young people with actions that help them focus on their spirituality and the mystery of God. From simple activities like watching water and glitter settle to walking labyrinths, prayer stations offer a variety of ways to engage with prayer. The Canterbury Diocese is actively working with schools to incorporate these stations into classrooms, corporate areas, and outdoor spaces. Explore further information on prayer stations and spaces for children and young people on

5. Praying for Others

Prayer for others has always been an integral part of the Christian faith. It is a way to love and care for our neighbors, injecting healing and unity into a broken world. Through prayer, we can be transformed as individuals and become agents for change and healing in our communities and the world. As Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, said, prayer engages us with God’s creative and compassionate work. Take time each day to pray for others, whether it’s your loved ones, community, or global issues.

6. Prayer Tools & Traditions

Exploring different prayer traditions and using prayer tools can help deepen your prayer life and make it more meaningful. Various traditions offer different approaches to prayer, and finding what resonates with you can enhance your connection with God. Whether it’s using prayer beads, journaling, or engaging in contemplative prayer, these tools and traditions can provide structure and guidance in your prayer practice. Take the time to explore different resources and find what works best for you.

7. Pathways to Prayer

The Pathways to Prayer Pack is a versatile resource that introduces, supports, and encourages different ways of praying. This resource offers a selection of prayer methods that people have found helpful in deepening their conversations and relationship with God. From guided meditations to Lectio Divina, the Pathways to Prayer Pack provides a range of prayer practices that can be incorporated into your daily life. Use this resource to enrich your prayer experience and explore new paths to connect with God.

8. Quiet Days, Retreats & Pilgrimages

In the midst of our fast-paced lives, taking time for reflection and refocusing is essential. Quiet days, retreats, and pilgrimages offer a unique opportunity to step away from the busyness of life and dedicate time to your spiritual well-being. Whether it’s a day of silence, a weekend retreat, or a pilgrimage to a sacred site, these activities allow you to deepen your connection with God, recharge, and gain clarity on your journey. Seek out retreat centers, churches, or organizations that offer these experiences and make it a priority to attend at least once a year.

9. Pilgrimage Resources

Embarking on a pilgrimage can be a transformative experience, both physically and spiritually. It is a way to journey with God, seeking His presence and guidance along the way. While physical pilgrimages to holy sites are meaningful, you can also embark on a spiritual pilgrimage from the comfort of your own home. The Canterbury Diocese offers pilgrimage resources that were created for their 2019 Diocesan Day of Prayer and Pilgrimage. These resources can be used at any time to guide your pilgrimage and deepen your prayer life. Visit to access these valuable resources.


Prayer is a powerful tool that can bring us closer to God and transform our lives. By utilizing these nine prayer resources, you can deepen your spiritual life and strengthen your connection with God. Whether you engage in community prayer, explore different prayer traditions, or embark on a pilgrimage, may your prayer journey be filled with peace, guidance, and a deeper understanding of God’s love for you. Remember, prayer is a lifelong practice, and it is never too late to begin or deepen your prayer life.