‘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. Last year there were around 500 churches involved. This year there will be more. Already churches in a number of cities are working on using trypraying in a coordinated and united process. Several places are planning to use media. Across the whole of Scotland the plan is to have a full-bloodied, bus advertising campaign.
The use of trypraying banners outside churches adds a visible, slightly provocative invitation for people to begin to do life with God.
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.
There are of course lots of ideas. Check out some of them on our ideas page and perhaps come up with others.