Year of Prayer

How We Pray

Prayer is the cry of the heart. Sometimes our own words fail us (Paul – groaning). We can ask the Holy Spirit to pray through us.

Prayer is a conversation with God. Which means that the sometimes I speak and sometimes I listen. I listen with my heart and the way God speaks to my heart is mysterious but consoling. Sometimes God is silent. But sometimes I’m just not listening.

We can rely on the prayers of the Church – ancient and new. These prayers both lift our hearts to God – and remind us of the truth of His loving presence and promises. Following are some of the age old and contemporary formal prayers. More options can be found in countless resources on prayer. See HELP FOR PRAYING for resources to build, deepen and strengthen your practice of prayer.

WHy We Pray

Help with Praying


Take the 1% Challenge or Make a Pledge

15 Minutes a Day with God's Word

1% of Your Day is 14 Minutes and 24 Seconds (For the sake of the Kingdom, let’s round that up to 15 minutes.)



“Did you know that there are 1,440 minutes in a day? It’s true. I did the math. Did you also know that one percent of all that time is fourteen minutes and twenty-four seconds? What would happen if you made a conscious decision, every day, to exercise your soul by giving roughly fifteen minutes of your time over to God? Just one tiny percent of your life. Would your life change? Mine did.” (The 15-Minute Prayer Solution, by Gary Jansen)

How You Spend that Time can Change Your Life

15 minutes each day spent in God’s presence – reading, reflecting, responding and resting with his Word – adds up to 90 hours in one year. That is time well spent, and a testimony to how a little at a time turns into something remarkable!

Books


A Quiet Place
Fr. John Bartunek, A Quiet Place
Prove It! Prayer Amy Welborn, Prove It! Prayer.
God, Help Me to Pray Jim Beckman, God, Help Me to Pray
Deep Conversion, Deep Prayer Thomas Dubay, Deep Conversion, Deep Prayer
Deep Conversion, Deep Prayer Thomas Dubay, Deep Conversion, Deep Prayer
Thomas Dubay, Prayer Primer : Igniting a Fire Within Thomas Dubay, Prayer Primer : Igniting a Fire Within
Fr. John Bartunek, The Better Part: A Christ-Centered Resource for Personal Prayer Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ
Fr. John Bartunek, The Better Part: A Christ-Centered Resource for Personal Prayer Fr. John Bartunek, The Better Part: A Christ-Centered Resource for Personal Prayer
Fr. John Bartunek, The Better Part: A Christ-Centered Resource for Personal Prayer Scott Hahn, The Lamb’s Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth
Saint Francis de Sales, An Introduction to the Devout Life Saint Francis de Sales, An Introduction to the Devout Life
Fr. John Bartunek, The Better Part: A Christ-Centered Resource for Personal Prayer Romano Guardini, Meditations before Mass

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