Faith (an act of faith) is the only appropriate way to communicate with God, who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
To pray is to love, and to love is to be faithful, to remain in the love of God.. There is no prayer unless we have a definite meeting with God. We are there, for two minutes or thirty, with Him, just for Him, with our whole being, body, mind and heart.
This time of prayer will gradually shape our life of intimacy with God during our daily lives. There is no magic formula for prayer, everyone has their own personal way to remain attentive and reverently in the presence of Jesus.
Here are 3 STEPS for a prayer time of 30 minutes:
Placing ourselves in the presence of God? (5 minutes)
The Sign of the Cross, prayer to Mary or to the Holy Spirit
Prayer is an exchange of friendship and love with Him by whom I know I am loved.” St. Teresa of Avila
Talking with God (20 minutes)
Meditate on a passage from the Gospel, and allow ourselves to be filled by the words and images that touch us, see the characters; listen to Jesus, look at Him and talk with Him; love Him and allow ourselves to be loved by Him.
Thanksgiving – Intercession (5 minutes)
Thank Jesus for His presence and the graces received, entrust our intentions to the Father; Pray to the Father (for example, Our Father ...); place ourselves into the hands of Mary and make the Sign of the Cross.
Prayer helps us to recognize God as our God – to never drift away from Him. To stay filled with Him who is Love!
We do not pray first of all to ask for this or that, but we pass from needing God (help me!) to desiring God – I love You, I want to love You more.
“You have a little heart, but prayer enlarges it and
makes it capable of loving God and others.”
Curé of Ars
“Prayer is nothing other than union with God”
Curé of Ars
How to pray?
PRACTICAL GUIDELINES for being faithful to daily prayer:
Decide in advance the period of time, the right moment and place, and stick to it. Prayer is a daily struggle! One has to fight before one gets to the heart-to-heart.
The period of time - Persist to the end of the period decided in advance. An hour of adoration once a week does not replace a daily prayer time.
The right moment - Make a weekly schedule of prayer and mark the time of prayer each day in your diary, according to your programme. Do the same for the weekend and holidays.
The place - As Nathaniel had his fig tree under which he read the Word of God (John 1:48), it is good to have a usual place to pray (a chapel, a prayer corner, or another place that raises our soul to God).
The Bible (at least the New Testament)
A copy of the readings for the liturgy of the day (a monthly booklet, such as Magnificat; QAR - Daily Gospel e-mail)
A notebook to write down the Words from God that have been received (God’s word for the day, prayer intentions)
Other forms of prayer to pray in any place : the Divine Office, the Rosary, the prayer of the heart, the Angelus (6 a.m.; 12 noon; 6 p.m.), Grace before meals.
Spiritual reading, especially the lives and the writings of the saints.
How to Praise God
How can you bring praise to God?
What can you do to make it an integral part of your life?
Praise can be expressed in song, in verse, or in prayer and it is to be done continuously!
Praise to God is expressed outwardly through our everyday actions, as well as inwardly in our thoughts.
"Where do I begin?" you may ask. "How do I start praising God?" If praising God is new to you, try praising God for who He is to you, personally. Proclaim that God's goodness is without measure; it is abundant and overflowing!
Praise to God can be offered anywhere! In time, it will become as normal as taking a breath. Sometimes we praise God inwardly as in Psalm 9:2,
"I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High."
Other times we have opportunity to give glory and praise to our God publicly. Psalm 22:22 says:
"I will declare your name to my brothers; in the congregation I will praise you."
Search out opportunities to bring praise to God!
The Importance of Praise
Praise to God is what we offer in acknowledgement of God's excellent being.
You might think that praise is the same as saying "thank you," but there is a difference. Thanksgiving describes our attitude toward what God has done, while praise is offered for who God is.
All believers are commanded to praise God! In fact, the bible explains that praise is one reason we were created, "This people I have formed for Myself; they shall declare My praise." (Isaiah 43, 21)
Praise originates in a heart full of love toward God.. Without God's love, any praise you can offer is hollow. Love, born from a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, is an essential part of your praise.
Praise the God