PRAYER GUIDE AND RESOURCES
PApA PRAYER Feel free to use this prayer guide to connect with God
Present yourself to God without
pretense. Be a real person in the
relationship. Tell Him whatever is going
on inside you that you can identify.
Purge yourself of anything blocking your relationship with God. Put into words whatever makes you uncomfortable or embarrassed when you’re real in your relationship with Him. How are you thinking more about yourself and your satisfaction than about anyone else, including God and His pleasure?
Attend to how you’re thinking of
God. Again, no pretending. Ask
yourself, “How am I experiencing God
right now?” Is He a vending machine,
a frowning father, a distant, cold
force? Or is He your glorious, strong
but intimate Papa?
Approach God as the “first thing” in your life, as your most valuable treasure, the Person you most want to know. Admit that other people and things really do matter more to you right now, but you long to want God so much that every other good thing in your life becomes a “second-thing” desire.
EXAMEN PRAYER INCREASED AWARENESS AND ATTENTIVENESS TO THE PRESENCE OF GOD IN OUR DAILY LIVES
Get into a comfortable position. Let your muscles relax and mind quiet down. Take a deep breath and ask God to make His presence known around and in you. Feel His presence and soak it in.
Ask God to reveal all the gifts and graces He has given you today, from the big
ones (life, safety, love) to the small ones (a good night’s sleep, a phone call from
a friend, a compliment). Thank God for each of these gifts.
Ask God to fill you with His merciful love. Ask God to be the leader of this prayer time, rather than brooding or obsessing over yourself or the day.
Going hour by hour, review your day. In your imagination, relive each significant moment of your day. Linger in the Important moments and pass quickly over the less relevant ones.
Continue thanking God for the gifts you find in your day. Pause at any of the
difficult moments of your day. Pay attention to any missed opportunities, when
you could have acted in a certain way but didn’t.
When you find moments in which you were not the person you were called to
be, ask God’s forgiveness. Try to sense His healing mercy wash over you.
Ask God to show you, concretely, how He wants you to respond or what He
wants you to do tomorrow. Ask God to show you what kind of person He is
calling you to be tomorrow. Resolve to be that person and ask God for His help.
Ask yourself if there are any last words you wish to say to the Lord.
End by saying, “In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”