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Title: Prayer Life with God

Prayer Life with God
  • You are our Father
  • you live in heaven
  • We talk to you
  • Father you are good

What is prayer?
  • Prayer is the raising of one's mind and heart to
    God or the requesting of good things from God.
  • St. John Damascene
  • CCC 2590

  • For me, prayer is a surge of the heart
  • it is a simple look turned toward heaven,
  • it is a cry of recognition and of love,
  • embracing both trial and joy.
  • St Therese of Lisieux (1873-1897

The Why of prayer?
  • You have made us for yourself O Lord
  • and our hearts are restless until they rest in
    you St Augustine (354-430)
  • Because I cannot rely on myself I rely on God
    twenty-four hours a day Mother Teresa
  • Much knowledge is not what satisfies the soul and
    gives it contentment, but rather interior
    meditation on things and savouring them St
    Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556)

The How of prayer
  • Abraham listened to God
  • and went where God called
  • Now the Lord said to Abram, Go from your country
    and your kindred and your fathers house to the
    land that I will show you. I will make of you a
    great nation, and I will bless you, and make your
    name great, so that you will be a blessing. I
    will bless those who bless you, and the one who
    curses you I will curse and in you all the
    families of the earth shall be blessed. So Abram
    went, as the Lord had told him. Gen 12.1-4

  • Moses listened to God speaking in the bush that
    was burning but never consumed. Ex3
  • Prophet Samuel Speak Lord your servant is
    listening 1 Sam 3.9-10
  • David leads Gods chosen people and builds the
    temple as the House of prayer. He compiles the
    Psalms as the prayer of Gods people.

Jesus Christ
  • The drama of prayer is fully revealed to us
    in the Word who became flesh and dwells among
    us. To seek to understand his prayer through what
    his witnesses proclaim to us in the Gospel is to
    approach the holy Lord Jesus as Moses approached
    the burning bush first to contemplate him in
    prayer, then to hear how he teaches us to pray,
    in order to know how he hears our prayer.

Prayer with words
  • Formal
  • Our Father Mt 5
  • Hail Mary Lk 1.42
  • Gloria Lk 2.14
  • Informal
  • Father forgive them for they know not what they
    do Lk 23.34
  • Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said,
    Father, I thank you for you have heard me

Prayer without words
  • Jesus went into the hills to pray and spent the
    whole night in prayer with God Lk 6.12
  • Meditative
  • Contemplative
  • Praying does not mean listening to yourself
    speak. Praying means calming down, being still
    and waiting until you hear God. Soren
    Kierkegaard (1813-1855)

  • Prayer is noting more than a close sharing
    between friends it means taking time frequently
    to be alone with him who we know loves us. St
    Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)
  • I look at him and he looks at me A Peasant
    of Ars (1850)

Posture in Prayer
  • Stand
  • Sit
  • Kneel
  • Hands together
  • Hands held in orans

Symbols in Prayer
The What of prayer
  • Blessing
  • Petition
  • Intercession
  • Thanksgiving
  • Praise

  • Our response to Gods gifts we bless God who
    first blesses us and fills us with his gifts.
  • God blesses us we bless God

  • We ask for Gods life to be active on earth,
    despite our shortcomings
  • The greatest petition is Thy kingdom come
  • We ask for pardon
  • With humility and trust we ask for all our needs
    either spiritual or material.

  • Asking God for the benefit of another.
  • It conforms us to the prayer of Jesus who
    intercedes with the father for all people,
    especially sinners. Intercession extends to our
  • We pray for the needs of all the world

  • We recognise the action of God in our world,
    especially in our need
  • The Church gives thanks unceasingly, especially
    in the Eucharist in which Christ allows her to
    participate in his own thanksgiving to the

  • The recognition that God is God.
  • Praise is wonderfully disinterested prayer it
    sings Gods praise for his own sake and gives him
    glory purely because he is God.

What is this all for?
  • To this end we always pray for you, asking that
    our God will make you worthy of his call and will
    fulfil by his power every good resolve and work
    of faith, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may
    be glorified in you, and you in him, according to
    the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 2 Thessalonians 1.11-12

To Hold and to Share
  • May you be made strong with all the strength that
    comes from his glorious power, and may you be
    prepared to endure everything with patience,
    while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who
    has enabled you to share in the inheritance of
    the saints in the light. He has rescued us from
    the power of darkness and transferred us into the
    kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have
    redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Col 1.11

The Great Commission
  • Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,
    baptizing them in the name of the Father and of
    the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them
    to obey everything that I have commanded you. And
    remember, I am with you always, to the end of the
    age. Mt 28.19
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