How a teaspoon can help us pray – Hannah, parish assistant tells us about a helpful aid to prayer
Last week Anne and I were at a Time for God retreat in Wales. We spent the week reflecting on our year of service, worshipping, praying, and enjoying being in fellowship with the other volunteers. During one of the sessions we learned a simple prayer, called the Teaspoon Prayer. It is a helpful tool if you are having trouble sharing your thoughts and feelings with God. Anne and I prepared Vespers and we shared this prayer during the worship as we prayed around a cross and lit candles together.
The abbreviation of teaspoon is TSP. Each letter is used to represent a specific theme to pray about.
The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts; so I am helped, and my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him. Psalm 28:7
You are invited to pray for thanksgivings God has blessed you with – moments of joy, friendships, family, love, etc.
Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective. James 5:16
You are invited to pray for forgiveness. Pray about something that is weighing down on your heart – things you have said or thought that you shouldn’t have, and for things you have failed to do.
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7
You are invited to pray about asking God for help – asking God for courage, wisdom, understanding, etc.
We encourage you to try out this resource and scoop in words of thanks, sorry, and please into your prayer.