SPCK is the mission agency which works through publishing.
Our mission is to promote Christian ideas and values; we do this by publishing, and supporting the publishing of, books and resources for people for people of all denominational and faith backgrounds.FIND OUT MORE
When Prayer Seems not to ‘Work’!
Category: Seeking God
Prayer does not always come easily! Even if you are someone who has made a practice of prayer, you probably find that some days are more difficult than others. This is normal; prayer waxes and wanes like the moon. The difficulty in ‘getting through’ may last a long time. The concept of the ‘Dark night of the soul’ is well known from spiritual books from many centuries ago. It’s not always easy, it doesn’t always flow.
If it’s not working today, then try again later, and try again tomorrow. Don’t lose the habit of ‘taking a minute.’ You’ll find that the habit of prayer will return, with all the benefits that accompany it.
Experimenting with a different way of praying may be a path to the recovery of your prayer life. If silence is proving unproductive, try using a book of set prayers and vice versa. Try using objects as Aids to Prayer if that isn’t part of your usual practice.
SPCK is the oldest Anglican mission agency. We have been promoting Christian knowledge since 1698.
SPCK's Patron is Her Majesty the Queen.
On 8 March 1698, a group of five friends met at Lincoln's Inn to prepare for the departure of one of their number for America.
Find out more about our trustees.
For historical reasons, SPCK administers a number of grant-making trusts.
Read some fantastic stories about how people came to be involved with the Society.
SPCK is a UK registered charity (number 231144). It is incorporated under a Royal Charter granted in 1969. Our Patron is Her Majesty the Queen. The Archbishop of Canterbury is President of the Society.
As a "voluntary society", SPCK has subscribing members who elect a Governing Body of trustees from amongst their number. In addition the Governing Body may co-opt up to six Vice-Presidents of the Society. Vice-Presidents are elected at Annual General Meetings of the Society, but any Anglican bishop who is a subscribing member is ex officio a Vice-President of SPCK.