What's God's Handle?

In a period when we are overwhelmed by mass communication and social media, where is God?  Does anyone have His email or know His Instagram handle?

As I've gotten older, I've learned the best way to grow in your relationship with the Lord is to pray.  There are several ways to pray, traditional prayers, a conversation with God, prayer through worship songs, group prayer, repentance, intercessory, and the list goes on.  I found that having some resources and strategies has helped me grow in my prayer life and my relationship with God.  I learned about some tools and methods from some great authors.  If you want to have a more fulfilling prayer life, check out some of these resources.

·         To develop a habit of prayer, check out I Heard God Laugh by Matthew Kelly

·         To get specific and strategic in your prayer, read Fervent: A Woman's Battle Plan to Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer by Priscilla Shirer

·         To pray for your husband, I love The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian

·         To pray for your children, my favorites are

o   The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian

o   The Power of Praying for Your Adult Children by Stormie Omartian

o   Bless My Child by Julie Cragon

·         To pray for your grandchildren (if your there, if not, it makes an excellent gift for the grandparents), I like Bless My Grandchild, A Catholic Prayer Book for Grandparents by Julie Cragon

·         My first choice to pray for your vocation as a wife and mother is Mothers' Manual, edited by Bart Tesoriero and put out by Aquinas Press

·         For more traditional prayer scattered throughout your day, I prefer the Catholic Book of Prayers ISBN 089942-910-6

·         For prayers with meditations, Father Hardon's Catholic Prayer Book with Meditations by Father John A. Hardon, S.J.

Other resources to help

·         Ascension's Bible in a Year Podcast, hosted by Fr. Mike Schmitz and featuring Jeff Cavins https://ascensionpress.com/pages/biy-registration

·         Pray more novenas https://www.praymorenovenas.com/

·         For a beautiful musical Divine Mercy Chaplet and Rosary, prayer experience check out Donna Cori Gibson https://donnacori.com

If you don't know where to start praying, I love Matthew Kelly's Prayer Process.

THE PRAYER PROCESS BY MATTHEW KELLY

From THE FOUR SIGNS OF A DYNAMIC CATHOLIC (2012)

His Web Site: www.DynamicCatholic.com

Be Bold. Be Catholic.

In The Prayer Process, we take time – a minute, two minutes, or maybe ten minutes - to spend time with the Lord every day. Pick a specific time when you will pray; ex. Morning Prayer or Night Prayer. It is an intentional way that we grow in our faith.

The seven steps of The Prayer Process are as follows:

1.       Gratitude: Begin by thanking God in a personal dialogue for whatever you are most grateful for today.

2.       Awareness: Revisit the times of 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 God might be trying to say to you through that event (or person).

4.       Peace: Ask God to forgive you for any wrong you 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.       Finish by praying the Our Father.

 

I adore this picture based on the bible story The Samaritan Woman John 4: 4-26.  I love that Jesus gets real with the woman at the well.  As much as I may not want to hear it, I need Jesus to get real with me!  I can't grow as a person or in my relationship with Him if I don't spend time with Him in conversation.

 I think overall, the best advice when it comes to prayer recently came to me in my morning reflection and prayer time; it is:

·         Just show up

·         Keep it simple

·         Keep showing up

I would add, use resources if you're struggling, and trust that God will reward your faithfulness if you put forth the effort daily.

Here's to a fulfilled prayer life and closer relationship with Jesus!

 

Kelly, Matthew. Dynamic Catholic Institute, The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic, 2012.

Stevens, Glenda. "Woman of the Well." Https://Fineartamerica.com/Featured/Woman-of-the-Well-Glenda-Stevens.html.


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