‘Trypraying’ is a non-threatening statement. It is an encouragement for anyone to talk to their Maker. We want it to feature in countless conversations in offices, cafés, homes, cars and even on the streets. It can become visible for all to see with banners, posters, car stickers and advertising.
The trypraying booklet is not for Christians. It is unapologetically for those outside the church: the irreligious and the self-respecting agnostic! It contains stories of answered prayer, ideas of things to do, important themes about how to connect with God and honest prayers. In essence it is an outrageous exposure to the grace and power of God. But it can also be a help to Christians!
It can also be a project for a church or group of churches. The core idea is to give everyone a copy of the booklet one Sunday and encourage them to check it out (Use it). Next week encourage everyone to look for a God-given opportunity to give the booklet to a friend (Lose it). They can encourage people by saying: “Try praying for a week and see what happens!” That’s it. Simple.
Churches across the UK are making use of this initiative. In many places there are several churches working together. Last year down the east side of Scotland (Inverness, Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and the Borders) as well as York advertising on buses took place which has put it into the public space. The use of trypraying banners is widespread which adds to the gentle but slightly provocative invitation for people to begin to do life with God.
The phone app is completed and is being used making it accessible to a paperless generation. It also makes it available globally.
The heart of it all however is that simple step of people beginning to talk to their maker. Being given the trypraying booklet with a straightforward encouragement to ‘try praying for a week and see what happens’ has been the starting point for many.
Use it and Lose it is about getting into conversations. A minister wrote about the booklet, “It’s a brilliantly simple, totally accessible and non-cringey booklet that any of us would benefit from personally but which has actually been written for people who aren’t religious.” So there will be many people for whom this is an easy and appreciated gift.
Start by praying – ask God to give you an opportunity to “give the reason for your hope.” Who should you give your booklet to?