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Christian Prayer
"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 Theresa of Lisieux
"How to pray? This is a simple matter. I would say: Pray any way you like, so long as you do pray." Pope John Paul II
"Prayer is the raising of one's mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God" CCC 2559
"Prayer is the response of faith to the free promist of savlvation and also a response of love to the thrist of the only Son of God" CCC 2561
Prayer is an important part of a Christian life. Prayer is listening to God, it is lifting up of one's heart to the heavenly Father, it is praising God, it is also to be aware of ourselves in in the midst of God's presence, it is making ourselves available to God. Some people would even say that prayers renew one's spirituality and strengthen one's soul. "Prayer is the heart's response to the search for God" (This is our Faith by Michael Francis Pennock)

Preparation for Prayer
Find a special place
You can actually pray anyway. But once you make prayer a routine, you want to find yourself a special place, a place where all things happenings seemed to slow down, a place where you relax, a place where you can give your full attetntion and focus on prayer. Some places could be a quiet place in your room or in front of the blessed sacrament.
Commit a time
Make prayer a routine in your life. You can set aside 10 mins to 15 mins daily just to be with God, to thank Him and to praise Him and also to listen. You can also commit to say graces before your meals. "We could all really spare 10 or fifteen minutes each day to spend with the Lord, if we discipline ourselves to find a special time and stay with it. Prayer is a habit. We learn to pray by praying" (This is our Faith by Michael Francis Pennock)
A mind full of distractions would make it quite difficult to really pray. Prayer demands attention. You can take up a position of relaxation that can at the same time make you attentive such as sitting upright and sitting in the lotus position.
Prayer attitude
Prayer is a gift from God. But we also have to play our part to want to receive this gift. We need to be in the right disposition when we pray. "This requires discipline, humility, trust in God's presence and perseverance" (This is our Faith by Michael Francis Pennock)

Forms of Prayers ?
There are 2 basic forms of prayers - private or public. Prayers can also be vocal (to say aloud) or silent (whispered in the heart).
Prayers are conversation with God, we enter into dialogue with God. "We both listen to the Spirit and speak our own heartfelt prayers". (This is our Faith by Michael Francis Pennock)
The different types of prayer conversations are :
Adoration, Thankgiving and Praise to God
We want to adore God and in doing so, "we recognize that God is the Creator and we are His creatures. Adoration pays God homage as our soverign Lord. Prayer of Adoration is loving God for his own sake simply because God is goodness itself and worthy of our love" (This is our Faith by Michael Francis Pennock)
We also want to praise and thank God for the many blessings He has showered on us. The world, our parents, our children, our friends, our family, our talents and many many other wonderful and loving things. We also want to thank God for His Son Jesus and the gift of salvation He has won for us. "A spirit of Gratitude shows that we do not take anything for granted" (This is our Faith by Michael Francis Pennock)
Prayer of Contrition
When we pray, we want to jump "out of the depths" of a humble and contrite heart. He who humbles himself will be exalted. A prayer of seeking forgiveness and wanting to change. Seeking forgiveness with a contrite heart acknowledges our weaknesses before God and seek His loving guidance and care to help us change.
Intercessory and Supplication Prayers
Intercessory prayers are prayers for other people especially those who are sick, the needy and even those whom we have a strong dislike for. Praying for others imitate Lord Jesus when he prayed for everyone during the Last supper.
Supplication are prayers of petitions to our heavenly Father.

What are some of the Common Prayers ?
The Lord's Prayer
Our Father in heaven,
Holy be your name,
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven,
Give us today our daily bread,
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us
Do not bring us to the test
But deliver us from evil

Glory Be
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be
World without end

Hail Mary
Hail Mary
Full of Grace
The Lord is with you
Blessed are you amongst women
And Blessed is the fruit of they womb, Jesus
Holy Mary
Mother of God
Pray for us sinners
Now and forever

Prayer before Meals
Bless us,
O Lord,
and these your gifts,
which we are about to receive
from your bounty.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Father of us all,
This meal is a sign of Your love for us:
Bless us and bless our food,
And help us to give you glory each day
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Morning Offering
Most Holy and Adorable Trinity, one God in three Persons, I firmly believe that You are here present; I adore You with the most profound humility; I praise You and give You thanks with all my heart for the favors You have bestowed on me. Your Goodness has brought me safely to the beginning of this day. Behold, O Lord, I offer You my whole being and in particular all my thoughts, words and actions, together with such crosses and contradictions as I may meet with in the course of this day. Give them, O Lord, Your blessing; may Your divine Love animate them and may they tend to the greater honor and glory of Your Sovereign Majesty. Amen.

Prayers for the day
"Lord, one more day to love you!" Brother Charles de Foucauld
"Lord, today is the day I begin!" St. Philip Neri
"Jesus, shine through me and be so in me that every person I come in contact with may feel your presence in my soul. " John Henry Cardinal Newman
"My God, send me thy Holy Spirit to teach me what I am and what thou art!" St. John Vianney
"May the Passion of Christ be ever in our heart. " St. Paul of the Cross
"And to be more with Him, more with Him, not merely with oneself. " Pope John Paul II

You are ushering in another day,
untouched and freshly new.
So here I am to ask you, God,
if You'll renew me too.
Forgive the many errors that I made yesterday
and let me try again dear God
to walk closer in Your way.
But Lord, I am well aware,
I can't make it on my own.
So take my hand and hold it tight,
for I cannot walk alone

A Prayer for Healing
Lord, You invite all who are burdened to come to you. Allow Your healing Hand to heal me. Touch my soul with Your compassion for others; touch my heart with Your courage and infinite Love for all; touch my mind with Your Wisdom, and may my mouth always proclaim Your praise. Teach me to reach out to You in all my needs, and help me to lead others to You by my example.
Most loving Heart of Jesus, bring me health in body and spirit that I may serve You with all my strength. Touch gently this life which you have created, now and forever.

O God who are the only source of health and healing, the spirit of calm and the central peace of this universe, grant to me such a consciousness of your indwelling and surrounding presence that I may permit you to give me health and strength and peace, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer Before Bed
I adore Thee, my God,
and I love Thee with all my heart.
I give Thee thanks for having created me,
for having made me a Christian,
and for having preserved me this day.
Pardon me for the evil I have done today;
if I have done anything good, do Thou accept it.
Keep me while I take my rest
and deliver me from all dangers.
May Thy grace be always with me.

A Conversation with God

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