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The Word Among Us Guide to Prayer
1. Set a Time and a Place
Choose a time and place that are free of distractions.
Put aside your anxieties and concerns.
2. Get Cleaned Up
Examine your conscience and ask God to forgive you for any sins you find. Remember his mercy and his love.
Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation if necessary.
3. Proclaim the Truths of Your Faith
God created me because he loves me.
God sent his Son to save me from sin.
God sent the Holy Spirit to help me and guide me.
Jesus is interceding for me in heaven.
Jesus will come again.
Say the Apostles’ Creed or the Nicene Creed aloud, affirming each truth.
4. Worship God
Say the Lord’s Prayer slowly and prayerfully.
Read a Psalm, and let it lift up your heart.
Honor God with your own words of praise.
5. Imaginative Prayer
Choose a story from Scripture, and read it carefully. (Examples: Luke 15; John 4; Exodus 14; 1 Kings 19)
Use footnotes and commentaries for insights into the story.
Picture yourself in the scene; try to observe the details.
Try to sense what the Holy Spirit may be saying to you.
Write down what you saw and felt.
Write down a message for your day.
Present your prayer requests to God:Your personal needs.
The needs of your loved ones.
The needs of the Church.
The needs of the world.
7. Offer a Closing Prayer
Pray the Hail Mary, the Morning Offering, or some other prayer.
Dedicate yourself to the Lord.
Ask him to bless your day.
Come into God's Presence
† Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth. (Psalm 98:4)
† All you peoples, clap your hands; shout to God with joyful cries. (Psalm 47:1)
† Worship the Lord with cries of gladness. (Psalm 100:2)
† Look to God that you may be radiant with joy. (Psalm 34:6)
† Lift up your hands toward the sanctuary, and bless the Lord. (Psalm 134:2)
† Recall the wondrous deeds God has done. (Psalm 105:5)
† The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in love. (Psalm 145:8)
† My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. (Psalm 121:2)
† I will bless the Lord at all times; praise shall be always in my mouth. (Psalm 34:2)
† O Lord, our Lord, how awesome is your name through all the earth! (Psalm 8:10)
† Your love, O Lord, towers to the heavens; your faithfulness, to the skies. (Psalm 108:5)
† To do your will is my delight; my God, your law is in my heart! (Psalm 40:9)
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