Simple Prayer Formula

June 21, 2018

Jesus said to his disciples: “In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” (Matthew 6:7-15)

In today’s Gospel we hear a lesson on prayer. The words from the Gospel passage above are a precursor to Jesus teaching the disciples the Our Father prayer.

Many of us struggle in our prayer life. We can recite the common prayers, but have difficulty when it comes to simply talking to God. We feel like we are not “doing it right.”

God wants to have a conversation with us. There is no right way or wrong way to do that.

When you are trying to find the words, try doing these four things:

  • Start with prayers of gratitude. Thank God for the many blessings in your life.
  • Next, pray for the needs of others. Lift up the intentions of your family, friends, and co-workers. Pray for those who are homeless, or sick, or serving in the military.
  • Third, pray for your own needs. What is it that is weighing you down? Give it to Him, He can take it.
  • Finally, stop talking – just listen. Remember, it is a dialogue, not a monologue.

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