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Prayer is a crucial part of our healthy spiritual life as Catholic-Christians.  At Hope and Purpose Ministries, we want to create and help foster a culture of prayer for individuals, groups, and parish communities.  We model our culture of prayer on the example that Jesus set for us—Jesus always turned to God, the Father, in prayer during every moment of His life.  So, we too, seek to follow the example of Jesus and help to foster a culture of prayer wherever we go.

Prayer is a time when we both talk and listen to God. We pray to stay close to God and to deepen our relationship with Him.  Through prayer, the Holy Spirit can guide and empower us to move into our Divine Mission and help us follow the will of God.  There are different types of prayer:  Blessing and Adoration, Prayer of Petition, Prayer of Intercession, Thanksgiving, and Praise.  There are also different modes of prayer:  Praying in Tongues, Meditation, vocal and internal prayer, spontaneous prayer, different prayer postures (kneeling, standing, sitting, bowing, etc…), contemplative, and so many more.  The basic idea is that God wants you to communicate with Him.  Below are some ideas on how to build prayer into your life on a daily basis.

 

IDEAS TO BUILD PRAYER INTO YOUR LIFESTYLE

 

Minute of Praise!

On your way to work or taking the children to school—take one minute (or more) and everyone take a turn praising God for something.  In the beginning, you may praise God for those things that you can see—the sunrise, the trees, the grass, the good weather, etc…  That’s okay!  You have to begin somewhere and it is important to praise God for the environment that He provided.

As you and your family get more comfortable with the process, your praises may change to praising God for helping you study or prepare for a big presentation at work, praising God for insights and inspiration, praising God for family members or good friends, etc…  These are still things that you can see; however, they are in a wider sphere.

You might also consider praising God for preparing your way in certain situations or for things that you have been praying about.  Praise God for how He is moving in your life.

Singing Praise and Worship songs in the car or at home

Even if you do not think anyone wants to hear you sing—God does!  He created you and loves you and wants to hear from you.  Lift your voice in song to God.  There are a lot of great Christian worship songs on YouTube that are free to listen to and sing along with.  Try to sing for 5 minutes a day to the Lord.  That’s 1 or 2 songs.

Thanksgiving before meals

This is common tradition for Thanksgiving, but you can do it all year!  Before each meal, go around the table and everyone states something that they are thankful for.  This is a great way to foster a thankful spirit and great conversation starters once everyone is done sharing what they are thankful for.

Praise and Thanksgiving during chores

It is easy for the Enemy to work when we are doing things that we would rather not be doing.  Satan comes to steal, kill, and destroy—he lies.  So, when we are working at chores, he may stir up in us discontent or resentment.  Don’t let this happen.  Instead, offer up praise and thanksgiving to God while working.

Bless your children and your spouse each morning

Make the sign of the Cross on your children’s foreheads before they go to school each morning or leave the house for the day.  Bless them!  Bless your spouse.  If your children are grown and no longer living at home, get a picture of them and bless them through the picture.

Bless Others Often

Be on the lookout for opportunities to bless others.  If someone cuts you off in traffic, bless them.  If you see someone walking by your house, bless them.  If someone hurts your feelings, bless them.  If someone does something nice for you, bless them.  Begin to bless the people in your life.

Praying the Scriptures

Discern what Scriptures are for your spiritual growth at this time and make a list.  Pray those Scriptures over your life every day until you feel it is time to add new ones.  Make positive declarations over your life (and your family) using the Scriptures.  Here are a few examples:

Declarations over your life: Declare Who You Are In Jesus Christ.

I am a child of God (Galatians 3:26-27)
For through faith you are all children of God in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

I am redeemed (Ephesians 1:7-10)
In him we have redemption by his blood, the forgiveness of transgressions, in accord with the riches of his grace that he lavished upon us. In all wisdom and insight, he has made known to us the mystery of his will in accord with his favor that he set forth in him as a plan for the fullness of times, to sum up all things in Christ, in heaven and on earth.

I am forgiven (Colossians 3:13)
Bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if one has a grievance against another; as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do.

I am justified (Romans 5:1-2)
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access [by faith] to this grace in which we stand, and we boast in hope of the glory of God.

I am sanctified (1 Corinthians 6:11)
That is what some of you used to be; but now you have had yourselves washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

I am a new creature in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17)
So whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come.

I am delivered from the power of darkness (Colossians 1:13-14)
He delivered us from the power of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

I am led by the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14)
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.

I am kept in safety wherever I go (Genesis 28:15)
I am with you and will protect you wherever you go, and bring you back to this land. I will never leave you until I have done what I promised you.

I am getting all my needs met by Jesus (Philippians 4:19)
My God will fully supply whatever you need, in accord with his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.

I am casting all my cares on Jesus (1 Peter 5:7)
Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you.

I am strong in the Lord and in the power of His might (Ephesians 6:10)
Finally, draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power.

I am doing all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13)
I have the strength for everything through him who empowers me.

I am an heir of God (Romans 8:17)
And if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if only we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.

I am an heir to the blessings of Abraham (Galatians 3:29)
And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendant, heirs according to the promise.

I am healed by the stripes of Jesus (Isa 53:5)
But he was pierced for our sins, crushed for our iniquity. He bore the punishment that makes us whole, by his wounds we were healed.

I am declaring God’s Word here on earth (Psalm 119:89)
Your word, LORD, stands forever; it is firm as the heavens.

I overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of my testimony (Revelation 12:11)
They conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; love for life did not deter them from death.

I am walking by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7)
For we walk by faith, not by sight.

I am casting down vain imaginations (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)
For, although we are in the flesh, we do not battle according to the flesh, for the weapons of our battle are not of flesh but are enormously powerful, capable of destroying fortresses. We destroy arguments and every pretension raising itself against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive in obedience to Christ.

I am bringing every thought into captivity in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 10:5)
And every pretension raising itself against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive in obedience to Christ,

I am being transformed by the renewing my mind (Ephesians 4:23)
And be renewed in the spirit of your minds.

I am a laborer in the vineyard under the anointing of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 20:1-16)
“The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out at dawn to hire laborers for his vineyard.  After agreeing with them for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard.  Going out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and he said to them, ‘You too go into my vineyard, and I will give you what is just.’  So they went off. [And] he went out again around noon, and around three o’clock, and did likewise. Going out about five o’clock, he found others standing around, and said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’ They answered, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You too go into my vineyard.’ When it was evening the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Summon the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and ending with the first.’ When those who had started about five o’clock came, each received the usual daily wage. So when the first came, they thought that they would receive more, but each of them also got the usual wage.  And on receiving it they grumbled against the landowner, saying, ‘These last ones worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us, who bore the day’s burden and the heat.’  He said to one of them in reply, ‘My friend, I am not cheating you. Did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? Take what is yours and go. What if I wish to give this last one the same as you? [ Or] am I not free to do as I wish with my own money? Are you envious because I am generous?’  Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

I am blessing the Lord always and will continue praising Him with my mouth (Psalm 34:2)
I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall be always in my mouth.

I am putting on the mind of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16)
For “who has known the mind of the Lord, so as to counsel him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

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