What lies at the heart of Christian prayer?

Fr James Hanvey SJ, Jesuit priest and Master at Campion Hall, University of Oxford, gives us an excellent reflection on Christian prayer for our Schools of Prayer podcast series.

He talks about the prayer of Jesus Christ himself and how he handed it to us - to the Church - to sustain us to this day and beyond as we seek to deepen our relationship with God.

"The whole of Christian life is a life in Christ. We are profoundly, deeply rooted in Christ. In him we live, we move and we have our being. It's Christ who carries us, who greets us, who meets us - who holds us before the Father.

"Praying in Christ also means the other deep dimension of that prayer is relationship. It's a prayer in and with the Church - the Body of Christ. Even on those occasions I can't pray or when I'm asleep - or not conscious of God - the prayer of the Church carries me."