"Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:6-7)
Prayer is an important part of our work here at St Peter's. We bring before God the needs of the world, for peace and justice, for the the sick and lonely, for those who suffer from trouble and sorrow of any kind. God is not far from any of us (Acts 17:27), and knows our needs before we ask.
Prayer, above all, directs us towards God, who is our deepest need and our truest desire. God is always present to us, "closer to us than we are to ourselves", as St Augustine says. The essence of prayer consists simply in turning the attention of our hearts towards this contant presence, stilling the mind so that we can bathe in God's presence in the silence within, in the 'cave of the heart'. This is the secret room of which Jesus speaks, "But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you" (Matthew 6:6).