Continuing the theme of prayer during this Lenten season, below is a practical guide for actualizing a daily prayer time.

Choose a time, a definite time dedicated only to prayer each day. Try to make it the best time you can find.

Choose a place free from distractions.

Repentance

“As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us” – Psalm 103:12

Briefly examine your conscience, asking the Holy Spirit to show you your sins of the past day. Ask the Lord for forgiveness and know that he immediately cleanses you through the blood of Jesus.

Meditation – A Word from the Lord

“I meditate on all that you have done; I ponder the work of your hands” – Psalm 143:5

Read scripture, lingering over whatever words or phrases draw your attention. Ask the Lord questions and let him speak to your heart.

Adoration and Praise

“I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth” – Psalm 34:1

Praise the Lord for who he is and thank him for what he has done. You may find it helpful to pray a Psalm such as Psalms 33, 105, 111 or 116. If possible, sing aloud to God or praise him out loud!

Petition

“Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” – Philippians 4:6

Bring to the Lord your own needs (petition) and the needs of others (intercession), knowing that he hears your prayers.

 

May God bless you,

Fr. Francis

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