The Prayer Process

The Prayer Process


Catholic author and speaker Matthew Kelly gives a simple process for learning how to pray in his book, Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic. It is designed to be very flexible and expandable. For example, if you are starting with a goal of seven minutes in prayer, then perhaps you might spend a couple of minutes in each of the first three steps and conclude with the Lord's Prayer. As you expand your prayer time, you can gradually add steps or spend more time in particular steps.
 

 

 
THE PRAYER PROCESS
by Matthew Kelly
1)

Gratitude

  Begin by thanking God in a personal dialogue for whatever you are most grateful for today.
   
2)

Awareness

  Revisit the times in the past twenty-four hours when you were and were not the-best-version-of-yourself.  Talk to God about these situations and what you learned from them.
   
3)

Significant Moments

  Identify something you experienced today and explore what what God might be trying to say to you through that event or person.
   
4)

Peace

  Ask God to forgive you for any wrong have committed (against yourself, another person, or him) and to fill you with a deep and abiding peace.
   
5) 

Freedom

  Speak with God about how he is inviting you to change your life, so that you can experience the freedom to be the-best-version-of-yourself.
   
6)

Others

  Lift up to God anyone you feel called to pray for today, asking God to bless and guide them.
   

7)

Lord's Prayer

  Finish by praying the Our Father.
   
  (The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic, page 88)


 

 

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